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  1. another name for annatto
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Word Origin

C17: via French from Tupi urucú
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Historical Examples

  • Roucou is planted of a Kernel much after the same manner as the Cocao-Tree.

    The Natural History of Chocolate

    D. de Quelus

  • This was a famous plant—Bixa orellana Roucou; and that pulp was the well-known annotto dye of commerce.

  • They paint themselves with the roucou, sweetly perfumed with hayawa or accaiari.