One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A red pigment present in madder root, used in dyeing.
- ‘The synthesis of alizarin stands as a landmark in molecule making for two reasons.’
- ‘Kiyomizu, a bright alizarin, is youthful, sanguine and lusty.’
- ‘Indigo is now derived from naphthalene, and anthracene yields alizarin, the dye formerly obtained from madder root.’
- ‘These strokes are variations on translucent greenish blue, articulated at various points by splashes of orange, magenta and alizarin.’
- ‘Red lakes made from synthetic alizarin became common alongside the lakes derived from natural madder dyes.’
- 1.1as modifier Denoting dyes derived from or similar to alizarin.‘alizarin crimson’
- ‘The left side of this work is mysterious, with black marks floating on a field of alizarin crimson.’
- ‘These works combined several shades of white paint in built-up layers of greasy petal-like strokes that were punctuated with dots of ultramarine or alizarin crimson.’
- ‘His palette drew from nature: heavy, dense ochers, browns, taupes and alizarin crimson.’
- ‘He noted a strong association of this vascular phenomenon with tumor necrosis and showed it to be negative for calcium with von Kossa's and alizarin red methods.’
- ‘The presence of alizarin dye and red lakes in the Raes and radiocarbon samples indicates that the color has been manipulated.’
Mid 19th century: from French alizarine, from alizari ‘madder’, from Arabic al-‘iṣāra ‘pressed juice’, from ‘aṣara ‘to press fruit’.
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