Archil Ar"chil (?; 277), n. [OF. orchel, orcheil, It. orcella, oricello, or OSp. orchillo. Cf. {Orchil}.] 1. A violet dye obtained from several species of lichen ({Roccella tinctoria}, etc.), which grow on maritime rocks in the Canary and Cape Verd Islands, etc. --Tomlinson. [1913 Webster]

2. The plant from which the dye is obtained. [Written also {orchal} and {orchil}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Orchil — Or chil, n. See {Archil}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Orchil — Orchil, soviel wie Orseille …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Orchil — Orchil, Farbstoff, s. Orseille …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • orchil — [ôr′kil, ôr′chil] n. 1. any of a number of lichens (genera Roccella, Dendrographa, and Lecanora) yielding purple dyes 2. any of these, including litmus …   English World dictionary

  • orchil — /awr kil, chil/, n. 1. a violet coloring matter obtained from certain lichens, chiefly species of Roccella. 2. any lichen yielding this dye. Also called archil, orseille. [1475 85; < OF] * * * ▪ dye also called  Archil,         a violet dye… …   Universalium

  • orchil — SYN: archil. * * * orchil var of ARCHIL …   Medical dictionary

  • orchil — noun a) Any of several lichens, especially those of the genera Roccella and Lecanora. b) The dye, orcein, extracted from them …   Wiktionary

  • orchil — É”rtʃɪl / ɔːt n. violet color yielded from certain types of lichens; type of lichen from which a purple dye is extracted …   English contemporary dictionary

  • orchil — [ ɔ:tʃɪl] noun 1》 a red or violet dye obtained from lichen, used as a source of litmus. 2》 a lichen which produces this dye. [Roccella and other genera.] Origin C15: from OFr. orcheil, related to Sp. urchilla …   English new terms dictionary

  • orchil — or·chil …   English syllables

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