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noun Botany.
  1. a plastid containing coloring matter other than chlorophyll.
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Origin of chromoplast

First recorded in 1880–85; chromo- + -plast
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Historical Examples

  • The biologic principles present are chlorophyll, chromoplast, lipoids and vitamines; these are ferments or enzymes.

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British Dictionary definitions for chromoplast


  1. a coloured plastid in a plant cell, esp one containing carotenoids
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chromoplast in Science


  1. A plastid in plant cells that synthesizes and contains pigments other than chlorophyll, usually yellow or orange carotenoids. See Note at photosynthesis.
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