One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bitter, crystalline glucoside, C₂₇H₃₄O₁₁, obtained from the bark of Phillyrea latifolia and some other plants.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Thomson (1810–1864), medical officer of health. From German Phillyrin from scientific Latin Phillyrea + German -in.
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