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  1. of or relating to a yellow or yellowish color.
  2. Chemistry. of or derived from xanthine or xanthic acid.

Origin of xanthic

From the French word xanthique, dating back to 1810–20. See xantho-, -ic
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Examples from the Web for xanthic

Historical Examples

  • The type of the cyanic series is blue, and that of the xanthic series yellow.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, July 1899


  • And the end of it was he never againIn a Xanthic Xebec went sailing the main.

British Dictionary definitions for xanthic


  1. of, containing, or derived from xanthic acid
  2. botany rare having a yellow colour
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Word Origin and History for xanthic


1817, from French xanthique, from Greek xanthos "yellow" (see xanthous).

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xanthic in Medicine


  1. Having a yellow or yellowish color.
  2. Of or relating to xanthine.
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