1. [syn: orchil, archil, cudbear]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cudbear \Cud"bear`\ (k?d"b?r`), n. [Also cudbeard, corrupted
fr. the name of Dr. Cuthbert Gordon, a Scotchman, who first
brought it into notice.]
1. A powder of a violet red color, difficult to moisten with
water, used for making violet or purple dye. It is
prepared from certain species of lichen, especially
Lecanora tartarea. --Ure.
2. (Bot.) A lichen (Lecanora tartarea), from which the
powder is obtained.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a purplish dye obtained from orchil lichens [syn: orchil,