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noun Chemistry.
  1. a white, gelatinous, polysaccharide starch, (C6H10O5)n, obtained from various lichens.
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Origin of lichenin

First recorded in 1830–40; lichen + -in2
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Examples from the Web for lichenin

Historical Examples of lichenin

  • Lichenin is a variety of starch occurring in Cetraria islandica, or Iceland moss.

    The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom

    P. L. Simmonds

  • Lichenin, para dextran, and para isodextran are dextrosans which have been isolated from various lower plants.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life

    Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

  • It contains about 70% of lichenin or lichen-starch, a body isomeric with common starch, but wanting any appearance of structure.

British Dictionary definitions for lichenin


  1. a complex polysaccharide occurring in certain species of mosses
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