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.

Nearby words

  1. orchidology,
  2. orchidometer,
  3. orchidotomy,
  4. orchiectomy,
  5. orchiepididymitis,
  6. orchio-,
  7. orchiocele,
  8. orchiopathy,
  9. orchiopexy,
  10. orchioplasty

Origin of orchil

Borrowed into English from Old French around 1475–85

Also called archil, orseille.

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British Dictionary definitions for orchil

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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