noun phlob·a·phene \ˈfläbəˌfēn\

Definition of phlobaphene



  1. 1 :  a reddish brown complex substance found in oak bark and also formed by heating quercitannin with dilute acids

  2. 2 :  any of several substances that are similar to phlobaphene and are obtained especially from barks or from condensed tannins

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Origin and Etymology of phlobaphene

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

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