The dried shell of a scale insect, indigenous to Mexico, is the source of cochineal.

From The creation of color in eighteenth-century Europe by Sarah Lowengard

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  • European: 1400-1800
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  • Dactylopius coccus (coccus cacti or coccus lacca). The dried shell of a scale insect, indigenous to Mexico, is the source of cochineal.