One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dihydro derivative of the compound chalcone; 1,3-diphenyl-propan-1-one, C₆H₅—CH₂CH₂CO—C₆H₅.
2Any of a group of flavonoids that are dihydro derivatives of chalcones, many of which occur in plants and some of which have an extremely sweet taste and are used in artificial sweeteners.
1930s; earliest use found in Chemical Review. From dihydro- + chalcone.
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