Definitions for orchilˈɔr kɪl, -tʃɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•chilˈɔr kɪl, -tʃɪl(n.)

  1. a violet-red dye obtained from certain lichens.

    Category: Chemistry, Fungi

  2. any lichen yielding this dye.

    Category: Fungi

Origin of orchil:

1475–85; < MF orcheil, orseil (F orseille ) < Catalan orxella, orcella < Mozarabic orchella

Princeton's WordNet

  1. orchil, archil, cudbear(noun)

    a purplish dye obtained from orchil lichens

  2. archil, orchil(noun)

    any of various lecanoras that yield the dye archil


  1. orchil(Noun)

    Any of several lichens, especially those of the genera Roccella and Lecanora.

  2. orchil(Noun)

    The dye, orcein, extracted from them.


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