[ uh-nat-oh, uh-nah-toh ]
/ əˈnæt oʊ, əˈnɑ toʊ /

noun, plural an·nat·tos.

Also called lipstick tree. a small tree, Bixa orellana, of tropical America.
Also arnatto. a yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulp enclosing the seeds of this tree, used for coloring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc.
Also anatto.

Origin of annatto

Borrowed into English from Carib around 1675–85
Also called achiote. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for annatto



/ (əˈnætəʊ) /

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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