Coccus cacti
Cochineal Coch"i*neal (k[o^]ch"[i^]*n[=e]l; 277), [Sp. cochinilla, dim. from L. coccineus, coccinus, scarlet, fr. coccum the kermes berry, G. ko`kkos berry, especially the kermes insect, used to dye scarlet, as the cochineal was formerly supposed to be the grain or seed of a plant, and this word was formerly defined to be the grain of the {Quercus coccifera}; but cf. also Sp. cochinilla wood louse, dim. of cochina sow, akin to F. cochon pig.] A dyestuff consisting of the dried bodies of females of the {Coccus cacti}, an insect native in Mexico, Central America, etc., and found on several species of cactus, esp. {Opuntia cochinellifera}. [1913 Webster]

Note: These insects are gathered from the plant, killed by the application of heat, and exposed to the sun to dry. When dried they resemble small, rough berries or seeds, of a brown or purple color, and form the cochineal of the shops, which is used for making carmine, and also as a red dye. [1913 Webster]

Note: Cochineal contains as its essential coloring matter carminic acid, a purple red amorphous substance which yields carmine red. [1913 Webster]


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  • Coccus cacti — Coccus Coc cus, n.; pl. {Cocci}. [NL., fr. Gr. ? grain, seed. See {Cochineal}.] 1. (Bot.) One of the separable carpels of a dry fruit. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of hemipterous insects, including scale insects, and the cochineal insect… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • COCCUS CACTI — КОККУС КАКТИ — Исходное животное. Dactylopjus cacti (L.) Мексиканская кошениль.Сем. Dactylopiidae Кошенилевые. Отряд Homoptera Равнокрылые. Класс Insecta Насекомые.Распространение. Родина Мексика. Ранее разводились на различных видах рода Opuntia Опунция (сем.… …   Справочник по гомеопатии

  • Коккус какти - Coccus cacti, Кошениль мексиканская — Кошениль, буквально от испанского мокрица, объединяет насекомых подотряда кокцидовых из группы червецов. Мексиканская кошениль Dactylopius cacti, широко культивируется на опунции кошенильном кактусе, из самок кошенили получают карминную краску.… …   Справочник по гомеопатии

  • Coccus — Coc cus, n.; pl. {Cocci}. [NL., fr. Gr. ? grain, seed. See {Cochineal}.] 1. (Bot.) One of the separable carpels of a dry fruit. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of hemipterous insects, including scale insects, and the cochineal insect… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Dactylopius coccus — noun Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye • Syn: ↑cochineal insect, ↑cochineal • Hypernyms: ↑scale insect • Member Holonyms: ↑Dactylopius, ↑genus Dactylopius …   Useful english dictionary

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