Definitions

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

  • n. Any of a family of dyes based on phenazine, used in the textile industry and as a biological stain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of a class of red to blue azine dyes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An orange-red nitrogenous dyestuff produced artificially by oxidizing certain aniline derivatives, and used in dyeing silk and wool; also, any one of the series of which safranine proper is the type.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coal-tar color used in dyeing, obtained by oxidizing a mixture of amido-azotoluene and toluidine. It gives yellowish-red shades on wool, silk, and cotton, and is fairly fast to light.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes

Etymologies

French safran, saffron (from Old French; see saffron) + -ine2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In commerce three brands of aniline are distinguished -- aniline oil for blue, which is pure aniline; aniline oil for red, a mixture of equimolecular quantities of aniline and ortho - and para-toluidines; and aniline oil for safranine, which contains aniline and ortho-toluidine, and is obtained from the distillate (_échappés_) of the fuchsine fusion.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • The most useful are hæmatoxylin, carmine, and various aniline colors, among which may be mentioned, besides gentian violet, safranine, Bismarck brown, methyl violet.

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