One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alkaloid isolated from the root of the pomegranate tree, Punica granatum, found to be identical to pelletierine.
A purple colouring matter extracted from glands of molluscs of the genus Purpura and later identified as a bromine derivative of indigo.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alfred Garrod (1819–1907), physician. From scientific Latin Punica, genus name of the pomegranate (Linnaeus Systema Naturae; ultimately from classical Latin Pūnicum pomegranate, after post-classical Latin malus punica pomegranate) + -in. In sense 1 after French punicine<br>late 19th century. From classical Latin Pūnicus Punic + -in.
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