cud bear


a violet coloring matter obtained from various lichens, especially Lecanora tartarea.

1760–70; coinage by Dr. Cuthbert Gordon, 18th-century Scottish chemist, based on his own name Unabridged
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cudbear (ˈkʌdˌbɛə)
another name for orchil
[C18: whimsical alteration of Cuthbert, the Christian name of Dr Gordon, 18th-century Scot who patented the dye. See cuddy²]

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