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cudbear


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cudbear 
  n  :  a  purplish  dye  obtained  from  orchil  lichens  [syn:  {orchil}, 
  {archil}] 




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