anthocyanin

[an-thuh-sahy-uh-nin]
noun Biochemistry.
any of a class of water-soluble pigments that give flowers the colors ranging from red to blue.
Also, anthocyan [an-thuh-sahy-uhn] .


Origin:
1830–40; antho- + cyanin(e)

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anthocyanin or anthocyan (ˌænθəʊˈsaɪənɪn, ˌænθəʊˈsaɪən)
 
n
any of a class of water-soluble glycosidic pigments, esp those responsible for the red and blue colours in flowers. They are closely related to vitamins E and P
 
[C19: from antho- + -cyanin, from Greek kuanos dark blue]
 
anthocyan or anthocyan
 
n
 
[C19: from antho- + -cyanin, from Greek kuanos dark blue]

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What's more, trees produce the anthocyanin compounds found in leaves during the autumn season.
For example, red cabbages contain an indicator pigment molecule called flavin, which is a type of molecule called an anthocyanin.
Trees vary in their genetic capacity for anthocyanin synthesis for reasons that may have little to do with fall colors.
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