One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pale yellow isoflavone derivative originally obtained from dyer's broom (Genista tinctoria) and also present as a glycoside in soybeans and other leguminous plants, which has antioxidant, oestrogenic, and other physiological effects in humans and animals.
Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Genista, genus name + -ein.
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