Definitions for cudbearˈkʌdˌbɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a violet coloring matter obtained from various lichens, esp.

    Lecanora tartarea.

    Category: Microbiology

Origin of cudbear:

1760–70; coinage by Cuthbert Gordon, 18th-cent. Scottish chemist, based on his own name

Princeton's WordNet

  1. orchil, archil, cudbear(noun)

    a purplish dye obtained from orchil lichens

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cudbear(noun)

    a powder of a violet red color, difficult to moisten with water, used for making violet or purple dye. It is prepared from certain species of lichen, especially Lecanora tartarea

  2. Cudbear(noun)

    a lichen (Lecanora tartarea), from which the powder is obtained


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