variants: or althein \ alˈthēə̇n \
plural -s

Definition of althaein

: a crystalline pigment obtained from the hollyhock having a bronze luster but being blue in alkaline solution

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First Known Use of althaein

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for althaein

International Scientific Vocabulary althae-, althe- (from New Latin althaea, genus name of Althaea rosea) + -in; originally formed as German althein

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“Althaein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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