[ zan-thee-in ]
/ ˈzæn θi ɪn /
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the part of the coloring matter in yellow flowers that is soluble in water.Compare xanthin (def. 1).
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Origin of xanthein
1855–60; <French xanthéine, equivalent to Greek xanth(ós) yellow + French -éine, extension of -ine to distinguish it from French xanthinexanthin
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British Dictionary definitions for xanthein
/ (ˈzænθɪɪn) /
the soluble part of the yellow pigment that is found in the cell sap of some flowers
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