Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

annatto

[uh-nat-oh, uh-nah-toh]
See more synonyms for annatto on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural an·nat·tos.
  1. Also called lipstick tree. a small tree, Bixa orellana, of tropical America.
  2. Also arnatto. a yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulp enclosing the seeds of this tree, used for coloring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc.
Show More
Also anatto.

Origin of annatto

Borrowed into English from Carib around 1675–85
Also called achiote.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for annatto

Historical Examples

  • Annatto is sometimes added to milk to increase its richness of color.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • If annatto is present, there will be a reddish-yellow stain on the paper.

  • The colour given by annatto approaches very nearly the natural colouring matter of milk fat.

  • Yellow: Yellow straw is produced in the same manner, using turmeric and annatto only.

    Philippine Mats

    Hugo H. Miller

  • This may be colored with anything desired, like burnt sienna, annatto, or other coloring material.


British Dictionary definitions for annatto

annatto

anatto

noun plural -tos
  1. a small tropical American tree, Bixa orellana, having red or pinkish flowers and pulpy seeds that yield a dye: family Bixaceae
  2. 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
Show More

Word Origin

from Carib
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012