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1[mass noun] A red or violet dye obtained from certain lichens, used as a source of litmus, orcinol, and other pigments.
- ‘He paints women with coloured earth, mud, carbon powder or orchil.’
2A lichen with flattened fronds from which orchil is produced.
Late 15th century: from Old French orcheil, related to Spanish urchilla; of uncertain origin.
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