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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Archil  \Ar"chil\  (?;  277),  n.  [OF.  orchel,  orcheil  It  orcella 
  oricello  or  OSp.  orchillo  Cf  {Orchil}.] 
  1.  A  violet  dye  obtained  from  several  species  of  lichen 
  ({Roccella  tinctoria},  etc.),  which  grow  on  maritime  rocks 
  in  the  Canary  and  Cape  Verd  Islands,  etc  --Tomlinson. 
 
  2.  The  plant  from  which  the  dye  is  obtained.  [Written  also 
  {orchal}  and  {orchil}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  archil 
  n  1:  a  purplish  dye  obtained  from  orchil  lichens  [syn:  {orchil}, 
  {cudbear}] 
  2:  any  of  various  lecanoras  that  yield  the  dye  archil  [syn:  {orchil}] 




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