One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A red carotenoid pigment, C₇₂H₁₁₆O₄, that is the bitter principle of the Chinese lantern plant, Physalis alkekengi; zeaxanthin dipalmitate. Also: any of various compounds related to or derived from this, many of which occur naturally in plants of the genus Physalis or other genera of the family Solanaceae.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Physalis Physalis + -in.
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