Definition of oxyacanthine
: a bitter crystalline alkaloid C37H40N2O6 obtained from barberry root
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of oxyacanthine
International Scientific Vocabulary oxyacanth- (from New Latin oxyacantha —specific epithet of the hawthorn Crataegus oxyacantha —, from Greek oxyakantha sharp thorn, from oxy- 1oxy- + akantha thorn) + -ine; probably originally formed as German oxyakanthin — more at acanth-
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up oxyacanthine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).