Definition of xanthophyll in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈzanθə(ʊ)fɪl/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A yellow or brown carotenoid plant pigment which causes the autumn colours of leaves.
Example sentences
  • These are chlorophyll's shy cousins, the yellow pigment xanthophyll and the red-orange carotene.
  • Remove both chlorophyll and the yellow pigment xanthophyll and the variegation is white.
  • Concentrations of total carotenoids and total xanthophyll were greater for plants grown at low temperature.


Mid 19th century: from Greek xanthos 'yellow' + phullon 'leaf'.

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