archil(redirected from archils)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
archil(är`kĭl, –chĭl) or
orchil(ôr`–), blue, red, or purple dye extracted from several species of lichenlichen
, usually slow-growing organism of simple structure, composed of fungi (see Fungi) and photosynthetic green algae or cyanobacteria living together in a symbiotic relationship and resulting in a structure that resembles neither constituent.
..... Click the link for more information. , also called orchella weeds, found in various parts of the world. Commercial archil is either a powder (called cudbear), a pasty mass (called archil), or a drier paste (called persis).