The dried female insects, coccus cacti, enclosing the young larvae, or the dried female insect, Dactylopius coccus, containing eggs and larvae, from which coccinellin is obtained; used as a red colouring agent and a stain.

See: carmine.

Synonym: coccinella, coccus.

Origin: O.Sp. Cochinilla, wood louse, fr. G. Kokkinos, berry

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

This page was last modified on 3 October 2005, at 21:16. This page has been accessed 1,143 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link