One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a class of yellow or white flavonoid pigments found in plants.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal. From German Anthoxanthin (L. C. Marquart Farben der Blüthen 66; also Anthoxantin) from ancient Greek ἄνθος flower + ancient Greek ξανθός yellow + German -in.
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