Translation of cochineal in Spanish:

cochineal

cochinilla, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒtʃɪniːl//ˈkɑtʃəˌniəl//ˌkɒtʃɪˈniːl/

noun

  • 1

    (insect)
    cochinilla feminine
    • Farmed, harvested, and dried by natives on small family plots, cochineal insects helped color the silks and wools of Hapsburg royalty.
    • The brightly-coloured snack contains a red dye processed from the dried body of the female cochineal insect, collected in central America.
    • The cactus, or more precisely, the cochineal insects that feed on it yield a red-purple stain when crushed.
    • The kermes was expensive and the abundant cochineal insect could be used to make a cheap substitute.
    • The Aztecs cultivated cochineal and produced a red dye that was the brightest and strongest color Europe had ever seen.
  • 2

    (dye)
    cochinilla feminine
    carmín masculine