a solid appearing reddish-orange as crystals and brownish-yellow as powder, C14H8O4, one of the earliest known dyes, formerly obtained in its natural state from madder and now derived from anthraquinone: used chiefly in the synthesis of other dyes.
- Also a·liz·a·rine [uh-liz-er-in, -uh-reen]. /əˈlɪz ər ɪn, -əˌrin/.
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How to use alizarin in a sentence
It might even replace soda for many purposes, and thus react on our alizarine industry.
The madders of Avignon, though richer in colour than those of Alsace, afford however little or no alizarine.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
The “alizarine” inks, patented by Leonhardi in 1856, are similar inks with the addition of a little madder.
Particular stress is to be laid upon the great fastness of the alizarine dyes against light and fulling.
The alizarine colors are dyed after an old method which is known to every wool dyer.
British Dictionary definitions for alizarin
a brownish-yellow powder or orange-red crystalline solid used as a dye and in the manufacture of other dyes. Formula: C 6 H 4 (CO) 2 C 6 H 2 (OH) 2
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