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anthocyanin Line breaks: antho|cya¦nin
Pronunciation: /ˌanθə(ʊ)ˈsʌɪənɪn/

Definition of anthocyanin in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A blue, violet, or red flavonoid pigment found in plants: the earliest carrots were purple, because they contained anthocyanin
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  • As well as a high content of carotene, the same substance that gives carrots and egg yolks their distinctive colour, these oranges develop a red pigment, anthocyanin, which gives their flesh its hue.
  • Beech trees have more of a red pigment called anthocyanin and birch trees have more carotene which turns leaves yellow.
  • The pigment, anthocyanin, is normally turned off during the growing season, but the researchers inserted a gene that turns on this colour-making process in the presence of nitrogen dioxide.


Mid 19th century: from German Anthocyan, from Greek anthos 'flower' + kuanos 'blue' + -in1.

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