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xanthous

[zan-thuh s]
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adjective
  1. yellow.
  2. yellowish.

Origin of xanthous

1820–30; < Greek xanth(ós) yellow + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for xanthous

xanthous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or designating races with yellowish hair and a light complexion
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Word Origin and History for xanthous

adj.

1829, from Greek xanthos "yellow," of unknown origin. Prefix form xantho- is used in many scientific words; cf. xanthein (1857) "soluble yellow coloring matter in flowers," Huxley's Xanthochroi (1867) "blond, light-skinned races of Europe" (with okhros "pale"), xanthophyll (1838) "yellow coloring matter in autumn leaves."

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