Definition of flavone in English:



mass nounChemistry
  • 1A colourless crystalline compound which is the basis of a number of white or yellow plant pigments.

    A tricyclic aromatic compound; chemical formula: C₁₅H₁₀O₂

    • ‘It has been recently reported the presence in Valeriana of the flavone 6-methylapigenin and the flavanone glycoside hesperidin.’
    • ‘Flavonoids are composed of different chemical classes such as flavones, isoflavones, flavonols, flavanols, flavanones, and chalcones.’
    • ‘Consisting of approximately 2,200 compounds, the flavonoid family of chemicals consists also of the closely related flavones, flavonones, and flavonols.’
    • ‘Flavonoids are plant derivatives of flavone with various degrees of hydroxylation and glycosidic substitutions.’
    • ‘The flavone apigenin, found in high concentrations in parsley, provides an effect similar to that of 13C - protecting the body from bad estrogens.’
    1. 1.1count noun Any of the plant pigments of which flavone is the basis.
      • ‘Maysin accumulation is correlated with a phenotype termed silk browning, in which the cut ends of silks turn brown due to the oxidation of flavones.’
      • ‘Honeysuckle flowers contain flavonols, flavones, catechins, isoflavanones, and anthocyanins.’
      • ‘Related flavonoids (i.e. flavones, flavonoles, chalcones) also contribute to colour definition.’
      • ‘In the pre-stages, when the base and stalk cells were not fully developed, Naturstoffreagent A gave an orange-yellow fluorescence to flavones.’
      • ‘The secretory four-celled head showed up in the developing stage, becoming stained fluorescent orange with the Naturstoffreagent A which indicated flavones.’


Late 19th century: from Latin flavus ‘yellow’ + -one.