xanthous

xanthous

[zan-thuhs]
adjective

Origin:
1820–30; < Greek xanth(ós) yellow + -ous

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xanthous (ˈzænθəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or designating races with yellowish hair and a light complexion

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xanthous
1829, from Gk. xanthos "yellow," of unknown origin. Prefix form xantho- is used in many scientific words; cf. xanthein (1857) "soluble yellow coloring matter in flowers," Huxley's Xanthochroi (1867) "blond, light-skinned races of Europe" (with okhros "pale"), xanthophyll (1838) "yellow coloring matter
in autumn leaves."
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