coccinic acid

noun

coc·​cin·​ic acid
(ˈ)käk¦sinik-
: any of three isomeric crystalline diacids C6H2(OH)(CH3)(COOH)2 distinguished as alpha, beta, and gamma with the alpha acid being obtained by oxidizing cochineal

Word History

Etymology

French coccinique, from coccine carmine (from Latin coccinus scarlet, from Greek kokkinos, from kokkos grain, seed) + -ique -ic

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“Coccinic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coccinic%20acid. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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