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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or associated with the yolk of an egg.
  • adj. Having the yellow hue of an egg yolk; dull yellow.
  • n. The yolk of an egg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling the yolk of an egg

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the yolk of eggs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the vitellus, or yolk of an egg; forming a vitellus, as protoplasm: said especially of the large mass of food-yolk or deutoplasm of a meroblastic egg, or of the vitellicle.
  • In enton. and botany, colored like the yolk of an egg; deep-yellow with a tinge of red.
  • Also vitellary.
  • n. Yolk; the vitellus; the vitellary substance. See I., 1.


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

vitell(us) + -ine1.



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  • I have found at least eight proposed pronunciations for this word. The first syllable can be vi, vuh, or vai. and the third syllable can be in, ine, or een. Stress can fall on any of the three syllables. What is a rhymer to do?

    As how to pronounce there's no tellin'.

    I guess it could rhyme with Magellan,

    (But, oh, the disgrace

    Of egg on my face

    If I misrepresent vitelline!


    Should I opt for a course anodyne

    And yoke it with Sweet Adeline?

    (But, ah, the crude jokes

    About curdled yolks

    If I'm wrong about damned vitelline!


    I wonder would rules contravene

    If I drag in the works of Racine?

    (But hear my shell cracking

    From the shellacking

    I'll take for a failed vitelline.


    April 11, 2016

  • "In truth, Bendor was so bizarre that it quite neutralised the effect of the LSD; and it wasn't until we were back in Bandol, at one of those café-bars that charges forty quid for a vitelline-hued cocktail in a glass the size of a vitrine, that I remembered I was hallucinating."

    Psychogeography by Will Self, 113

    October 16, 2010