Definition of alizarin in English:

alizarin

Line breaks: ali|zar¦in
Pronunciation: /əˈlɪz(ə)rɪn
 
/

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
1A red pigment present in madder root, used in dyeing.
  • Chemical formula: C14H8O4
More example sentences
  • Indigo is now derived from naphthalene, and anthracene yields alizarin, the dye formerly obtained from madder root.
  • The synthesis of alizarin stands as a landmark in molecule making for two reasons.
  • Red lakes made from synthetic alizarin became common alongside the lakes derived from natural madder dyes.
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting dyes derived from or similar to alizarin: alizarin crimson
More example sentences
  • These works combined several shades of white paint in built-up layers of greasy petal-like strokes that were punctuated with dots of ultramarine or alizarin crimson.
  • His palette drew from nature: heavy, dense ochers, browns, taupes and alizarin crimson.
  • The left side of this work is mysterious, with black marks floating on a field of alizarin crimson.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French alizarine, from alizari 'madder', from Arabic al-‘iṣāra 'pressed juice', from ‘aṣara 'to press fruit'.

Definition of alizarin in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day apposite
Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something