- the part of the coloring matter in yellow flowers that is soluble in water.Compare xanthin(def 1).
Origin of xanthein
1855–60; < French xanthéine, equivalent to Greek xanth(ós) yellow + French -éine, extension of -ine to distinguish it from French xanthine xanthin
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- the soluble part of the yellow pigment that is found in the cell sap of some flowers