phlob·​a·​phene | \ ˈfläbəˌfēn \
plural -s

Definition of phlobaphene

1 : a reddish brown complex substance found in oak bark and also formed by heating quercitannin with dilute acids
2 : any of several substances that are similar to phlobaphene and are obtained especially from barks or from condensed tannins

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History and Etymology for phlobaphene

International Scientific Vocabulary phlobaph- (from Greek phloos, phloios bark + baphē dye—from baptein to dip, dye—) + -ene

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“Phlobaphene.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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