Definitions for orchilˈɔr kɪl, -tʃɪl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
or•chilˈɔr kɪl, -tʃɪl(n.)
a violet-red dye obtained from certain lichens.
Category: Chemistry, Fungi
any lichen yielding this dye.
Origin of orchil:
1475–85; < MF orcheil, orseil (F orseille ) < Catalan orxella, orcella < Mozarabic orchella
orchil, archil, cudbear(noun)
a purplish dye obtained from orchil lichens
any of various lecanoras that yield the dye archil
Any of several lichens, especially those of the genera Roccella and Lecanora.
The dye, orcein, extracted from them.