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[an-thuh-sahy-uh-nin] /ˌæn θəˈsaɪ ə nɪn/
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-uh n] /ˌæn θəˈsaɪ ən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of anthocyanin
1830-40; antho- + cyanin(e) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anthocyanin
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for anthocyanin


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
Word Origin
C19: from antho- + -cyanin, from Greek kuanos dark blue
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