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.


vitell(us) + -ine1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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