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annatto

[ uh-nat-oh, uh-nah-toh ]
/ 蓹藞n忙t o蕣, 蓹藞n蓱 to蕣 /
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noun, plural an路nat路tos.
Also called lipstick tree . a small tree, Bixa orellana, of tropical America.
Also ar路nat路to [ahr-nat-oh, -nah-toh] /蓱r藞n忙t o蕣, -藞n蓱 to蕣/ . a yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulp enclosing the seeds of this tree, used for coloring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc.
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Sometimes a路nat路to .
Also called achiote.

Origin of annatto

Borrowed into English from Carib around 1675鈥85
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British Dictionary definitions for annatto

annatto

anatto

/ (蓹藞n忙t蓹蕣) /

noun plural -tos
a small tropical American tree, Bixa orellana, having red or pinkish flowers and pulpy seeds that yield a dye: family Bixaceae
the yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulpy outer layer of the coat of the seeds of this tree, used for colouring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc

Word Origin for annatto

from Carib
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