from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A purple dye, the first synthetic organic dye created.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An artificial organic base, obtained by oxidizing a mixture of aniline and toluidine, and valuable for the dyestuffs it forms.
Perkin, with the encouragement of some older entrepreneurs, soon proved that the new color, mauveine, was fast in wool and silk.
Paul Ehrlich, the German doctor who came up with this theory, had just been born when Perkin invented mauveine, but by the time he was a teenager, he had been captivated by—some said obsessed with—synthetic dyes of all colors.
Perkin was eighteen years old when he got his patent on mauveine, and he was soon fabulously wealthy.
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