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orchil

[ awr-kil, -chil ]
/ ˈɔr kɪl, -tʃɪl /
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noun

a violet coloring matter obtained from certain lichens, chiefly species of Roccella.
any lichen yielding this dye.

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Also called ar·chil [ahr-kil], /ˈɑr kɪl/, or·seille [awr-seyl, -sey, -sel] /ɔrˈseɪl, -ˈseɪ, -ˈsɛl/ .

Origin of orchil

Borrowed into English from Old French around 1475–85
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orchil

archil

/ (ˈɔːkɪl, -tʃɪl) /

noun

any of various lichens, esp any of the genera Roccella, Dendrographa, and Lecanora
Also called: cudbear a purplish dye obtained by treating these lichens with aqueous ammonia: contains orcinol, orcein, and litmus

Word Origin for orchil

C15: from Old French orcheil, of uncertain origin
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