Contractions. - Coc-c. Ccs.
Class, Insecta; Order, Hemiptera; Section, Monomera; Family, Coccidae.
Cochineal. For. names: German, Nopal-schildlaus; French, Cochenille; Italian, Cocciniglia; Spanish, Cochi-nilla.
Habitat. - A native of Mexico and Teneriffe.
Parts employed. - The entire female insect, dried, as imported.
Characters. - Ovate, plano-convex, about 2 lines long, wrinkled, black or greyish-white; yields, when crushed, a puce-coloured powder. The greyish-white specimens quickly become black when wanned before the fire.
Preparation. - Tincture, 1 in 20, using proof spirit.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - OEst. Zeitsch. f. Horn., iv.
Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and lx, Tincture only. 1 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.