cudbear

[kuhd-bair]
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noun

a violet coloring matter obtained from various lichens, especially Lecanora tartarea.

Nearby words

  1. cucurbit wilt,
  2. cucurbitaceous,
  3. cud,
  4. cuda,
  5. cudahy,
  6. cuddle,
  7. cuddlesome,
  8. cuddly,
  9. cuddy,
  10. cudgel

Origin of cudbear

First recorded in 1760–70; coinage by Dr. Cuthbert Gordon, 18th-century Scottish chemist, based on his own name

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British Dictionary definitions for cudbear

cudbear

noun

another name for orchil

Word Origin for cudbear

C18: whimsical alteration of Cuthbert, the Christian name of Dr Gordon, 18th-century Scot who patented the dye. See cuddy ²

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