from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The vernacular name in Central America of the arnotto-tree, Bixa Orellana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Seeds of the annotto tree; also, the coloring matter, annotto.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tropical American evergreen shrub, Bixa orellana; the lipstick tree.
  • noun The seed of this tree used as a colouring or in Latin American cooking.
  • noun An orange-red dye obtained from this seed.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl achiotl.]

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From Spanish achiote, from Classical Nahuatl āchiotl.


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