annatto

annatto

[uh-nat-oh, uh-nah-toh]
noun, plural annattos.
1.
Also called lipstick tree. a small tree, Bixa orellana, of tropical America.
2.
Also, arnatto. a yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulp enclosing the seeds of this tree, used for coloring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc.
Also, anatto.
Also called achiote.


Origin:
1675–85; < Carib

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annatto or anatto (əˈnætəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos
1.  a small tropical American tree, Bixa orellana, having red or pinkish flowers and pulpy seeds that yield a dye: family Bixaceae
2.  the yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulpy outer layer of the coat of the seeds of this tree, used for colouring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc
 
[from Carib]
 
anatto or anatto
 
n
 
[from Carib]

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annatto

(Bixa orellana), tree native to the New World tropics and the only species of the family Bixaceae. Annatto grows up to 9 metres (30 feet) tall and has rose-pink flowers about 5 cm (2 inches) wide and ovate leaves about 8 to 18 cm (3 to 7 inches) long. The brown fruits, about 5 cm (2 inches) long, yield a reddish or yellowish powder that is used in a dye for butter, cheese, and oleomargarine. The plant is cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas of the world

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