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cudbear

[kuhd-bair] /ˈkʌdˌbɛər/
noun
1.
a violet coloring matter obtained from various lichens, especially Lecanora tartarea.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; coinage by Dr. Cuthbert Gordon, 18th-century Scottish chemist, based on his own name
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British Dictionary definitions for cud bear

cudbear

/ˈkʌdˌbɛə/
noun
1.
another name for orchil
Word Origin
C18: whimsical alteration of Cuthbert, the Christian name of Dr Gordon, 18th-century Scot who patented the dye. See cuddy²
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Encyclopedia Article for cud bear

cudbear

violet, red, or bluish dyestuff, considered similar to orchil and used in colouring pharmaceuticals; also any colour obtained from this dye. Cudbear is also the common name for the lichens (Ochrolechia, Roccella, Lecanora) from which the dye is derived

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