car·​tha·​min | \ ˈkärthəmə̇n \
variants: or less commonly carthame \ -​ˌthām \ or carthamic acid \ (ˈ)kär¦thamik-​ \
plural -s

Definition of carthamin

: a red crystalline glucoside C21H22O11 constituting the coloring matter of the safflower

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History and Etymology for carthamin

carthamin, International Scientific Vocabulary cartham- (from New Latin Carthamus tinctorius, species name of the safflower) + -in; carthame from French, from New Latin Carthamus; carthamic from New Latin Carthamus + English -ic

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“Carthamin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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