Definition of thaumatin in English:

thaumatin

noun

  • [mass noun] A sweet-tasting protein isolated from a West African fruit, used as a sweetener in food.

    • ‘In the above examples, the amount of thaumatin can be replaced by about 2.5 times the amount of monellin.’
    • ‘Intense sweeteners permitted for use in Australian and New Zealand foods are acesulphame potassium, aspartame, cyclamates, saccharin, sucralose, alitame, thaumatin and neotame (code number yet to be finalised).’
    • ‘The method includes the mechanical dissolution of the fiber parts containing thaumatin and, since the protein is very easy to dissolve in water, the aqueous extraction.’

Origin

1970s: thaumat- from modern Latin Thaumatococcus daniellii (name of the plant from which the fruit is obtained), from Greek thauma, thaumat- marvel + -in.

Pronunciation:

thaumatin

/ˈθɔːmətɪn/