annatto

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

Nearby words

  1. annapolis royal,
  2. annapurna,
  3. annas,
  4. annates,
  5. annatol,
  6. anne,
  7. anne boleyn,
  8. anne de beaujeu,
  9. anne of austria,
  10. anne of bohemia

Also anatto.

Origin of annatto

Borrowed into English from Carib around 1675–85

Also called achiote.

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British Dictionary definitions for annatto

annatto

anatto

/ (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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