• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arnotto 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.
    • n Arnotto Same as Annotto.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arnotto Bixa Orellana, a small tree, natural order Bixaceœ, a native of tropical America. It is extremely common in Jamaica and other parts of the West Indies, and has been introduced into tropical regions of the old world.
    • n arnotto The dye or coloring matter obtained from the seeds of this plant. The seeds are covered with a reddish or reddish-yellow waxy pulp, which is dissolved in water, then dried to the consistency of putty, and made up in rolls or folded in leaves, or dried still more and made into cakes. It is employed as a dye for silken, woolen, or cotton stuffs, as an auxiliary in giving a deeper shade to simple yellows, and also as a coloring ingredient for butter, cheese, and chocolate, and for varnishes and lacquers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Arnotto ar-not′to. See Anatta.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. the native name


In literature:

They had cast away their clothes, and painted themselves, like the Indians, with arnotto and indigo.
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
Flag or cake arnotto, which is by far the most important article in a commercial point of view, is furnished almost wholly by Cayenne.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
The latter consisted chiefly of rubber, palm oil and kernels, coffee, piassava fiber, ivory, ginger, camwood, and arnotto.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
The kasumba kling or galuga is the Bixa orellana, or arnotto of the West Indies.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
It is then "anoto," sometimes written "arnatto," sometimes "arnotto," sometimes "onoto," and sometimes "anato.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In news:

Readers at the ceremony included Christi Arnotto and Kelly Paxson of Salem, and Jordan Pogorelec of Charlotte, N.C.