Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various water-soluble pigments that impart to flowers and other plant parts colors ranging from violet and blue to most shades of red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many water-soluble red to violet plant pigments related to the flavonoids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as anthokyan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dissolved coloring matter in blue flowers.

Etymologies

antho- + cyanin(e).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
antho- +‎ cyan +‎ -in (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The anthocyanin is in both cases the same, but in the rose it is bound to a plant acid and is therefore red, whereas in the cornflower it is bound to an alkali and is therefore blue.

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  • The fruit are rich in an antioxidant pigment called anthocyanin which is thought to have anti-cancer properties.

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  • They contain powerful phytochemicals, such as anthocyanin, which is the pigment that gives blueberries their color.

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  • The colour is driven by a pigment called anthocyanin within the cabbage that reacts to the soil's pH - acidic soils give you these red colourings.

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  • The pigment anthocyanin from the Greek for “dark blue flower” has powerful anticancer properties.

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  • As summer wanes, some tree species manufacture a substance called anthocyanin, which helps them winterize.

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  • "Even if blueberries top the scale, they are only rich in one family of anti-oxidants, anthocyanin, which is found in other fruits, like grapes."

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  • The acai berry also contains some of the most powerful antioxidants called anthocyanin flavonoids.

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  • The tomatoes include two genes taken from the snapdragon flower to enable them to express a compound called anthocyanin, the purple pigment found in blackberries and cranberries.

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  • The tomatoes include two genes taken from the snapdragon flower (Antirrhinum majus) to enable them to express a compound called anthocyanin, the purple pigment found in high levels in fruit such as blackberries and cranberries.

    Taipei Times

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