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annatto definitions

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Carib annoto tree producing annatto Date: 1629 1. a yellowish-red dyestuff made from the pulp around the seeds of a tropical American tree (Bixa orellana) 2. the tree from which annatto is derived; also its dried seed used to color and flavor food

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also anatta, anatto) an orange-red dye from the pulp of a tropical fruit, used for colouring foods. Etymology: Carib name of the fruit-tree

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Annotto An*not"to, Arnotto Ar*not"to, n. [Perh. the native name.] A red or yellowish-red dyeing material, prepared from the pulp surrounding the seeds of a tree (Bixa orellana) belonging to the tropical regions of America. It is used for coloring cheese, butter, etc. [Written also Anatto, Anatta, Annatto, Annotta, etc.]




 


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