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xanthophyll

Definition:

yellow carotenoid pigments in plants, animal fats, and egg yolks

Class:

substance noun (substance and materials)

Plural:

xanthophylls

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

C40H56O2 [chemical formula] | lutein | xanthophyl

Etymology:

xantho- (from Ancient Greek ξανθός (xanthos, "yellow")) + -phyll (from φύλλος...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Xanthophyll | Xanthophylls | phylloxanthins

yellow pigments that form one of two major divisions of the carotenoid group. The name is from Greek xanthos and phyllon, due to their formation of the yellow band seen in early chromatography of leaf pigments. Their molecular structure is similar to ... (42 of 996 words, 4 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

xanthophyll | xanthophyl [United States] | xanthophyllous [adjective, derived]

any of a group of yellow carotenoid pigments occurring in plant and animal tissue (14 of 177 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/xanthophyll

Random House Dictionary:

lutein | xanthophyl [biochemistry, sense-specific] | xanthophyll [synonym, sense-specific] | C40H56O2 [chemical formula, sense-specific]

[biochemistry] : a yellow-red, water-insoluble, crystalline, carotenoid ... | a preparation consisting of dried and powdered corpora lutea from hogs. (19 of 54 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/lutein

Oxford Dictionary:

xanthophyll

Syllabification: (xan·tho·phyll) | [biochemistry] | a yellow or brown carotenoid plant pigment that causes the autumn colors of leaves. (17 of 45 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/xanthophyll

xanthophyll [biochemistry]

a yellow or brown carotenoid plant pigment which causes the autumn colours of leaves (14 of 44 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/xanthophyll

Merriam-Webster:

xanthophyll | lutein [synonym]

any of several yellow to orange carotenoid pigments that are oxygen derivatives of carotenes ; especially, "lutein" (17 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/xanthophyll

New World Dictionary:

xanthophyll | C40H56O2 [chemical formula] | xanthophyllous [adjective, related]

a yellow, crystalline pigment, ..., found in plants; lutein: it's related to carotene and is the basis of the yellow seen in autumn leaves (24 of 34 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/xanthophyll

American Heritage Dictionary:

xanthophyll | C40H56O2 [chemical formula, sense-specific] | xanthophyllic [adjective, related] | xanthophyllous [adjective, related]

A yellow carotenoid pigment, ..., found with chlorophyll in green plants and identical with lutein. | Any of various related yellow pigments. (21 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/xanthophyll

Wiktionary:

xanthophyll | xanthophylls [plural] | phylloxanthin [synonym, sense-specific] | lutein [synonym, sense-specific]

[organic chemistry, countable] Any of various hydroxy, carbonyl or carboxylic acid derivatives of carotenes. | [organic chemistry, uncountable] Alternative name for lutein. (21 of 22 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/xanthophyll

Britannica Encyclopedia:

carotenoid [pigment]

any of a group of nonnitrogenous yellow, orange, or red pigments that are almost universally distributed in living things. There are two major types: ... (24 of 149 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/96623​/carotenoid

Encarta Dictionary:

xanthophyll | xanthophyllic [adjective, derived]

a yellow or brown oxygenated carotenoid pigment that colors autumn leaves (11 of 28 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861706752​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

xanthophyll

Origin: xantho- (from Ancient Greek ξανθός (xanthos, "yellow")) + -phyll (from φύλλος (phyllos, "leaf")).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/xanthophyll

Oxford Dictionary:

xanthophyll

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: Greek xanthos "yellow" + phullon "leaf"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/xanthophyll

Merriam-Webster:

xanthophyll

First use: 1838

Origin: French xanthophylle, from xanth- + -phylle -phyll

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/xanthophyll

New World Dictionary:

xanthophyll

Origin: "xantho-" + "-phyll"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/xanthophyll

xantho-

Origin: Modern Latin from Greek xanthos, yellow from perhaps Indo-European *_asno- from base *_as, gray

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/xantho-prefix

-phyll

Origin: Modern Latin from Greek phyllon, a leaf: see "bloom"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phyll-suffix

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

xanthophyll

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xanthophyl

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "xanthophyl"

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Google Dictionary:

xanthophyll

Audio: English pronunciation of "xanthophyll"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

xanthophyll

Audio: North American pronunciation of "xanthophyll"

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YourDictionary Audio:

xanthophyll

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "xanthophyll" by speech synthesizer

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Collins Dictionary:

xanthophyl [United States] | xanthophyll

Audio: British English pronunciation of "xanthophyl"

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