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alkannin

[al-kan-in]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a dark red, amorphous, water-insoluble powder, C16H16O5, obtained from the root of the alkanet: used chiefly for coloring fats, oils, and pharmaceuticals.

Origin of alkannin

< New Latin alkann(a) < Medieval Latin alchanna (see alkanet) + -in2
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