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Cochineal is derived from the insect Dactylopis coccus which is found in specific warm climates such as Florida, South America and parts of Europe.  Cochineal is derived from the French "cochenille", derived from Spanish "cochinilla", in turn derived from Latin "coccinus" meaning "scarlet-colored", or from the Latin "coccum", meaning "berry yielding scarlet dye".

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