cochineal insect definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a number of red scale bugs associated with the family Dactylopiidae that prey on cacti, particularly the prickly pear, and are the southwest United States to Central The united states.
    • Mexican red scale pest that nourishes on cacti; the origin of a red dye

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