Meaning of archil in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːtʃɪl/


  • archaic spelling of orchil

    ‘The manufacture of archil, which produces a violet shade on wool or silk, was introduced into Europe from the Orient about 1300.’
    • ‘The dye most sought after was a purple known as orchil (archil or orcein), which was used together with purples extracted from shellfish to color the robes of royalty.’