cudbear

[kuhd-bair]
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noun

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

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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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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