erythrin

Erythrin

E*ryth"rin\, Erythrine \E*ryth"rine\, n. [Gr. 'eryqro`s red.]

1. (Chem.) A colorless crystalline substance, C20H22O10, extracted from certain lichens, as the various species of Rocella. It is a derivative of orsellinic acid. So called because of certain red compounds derived from it. Called also erythric acid.

2. (Min.) See Erythrite, 2.
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