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Achiote \A`chi*o"te\, n. [Sp. achiote, fr. Indian achiotl.] Seeds of the annotto tree; also, the coloring matter, annotto.


n. 1 A tropical American evergreen shrub, ''Bixa orellana''; the lipstick tree. 2 The seed of this tree used as a colouring or in Latin American cooking. 3 An orange-red dye obtained from this seed.

Usage examples of "achiote".

Charley had to read it through red achiote juice and purple tattoo stippling, but the eyes seemed to belong to a man he could do bidness with, as they say in Texas.

The heart and facial features were clearly outlined with bright red achiote and the entire figure was torn with lance marks.