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Friday word: Xanthophyll

xan·tho·phyll

noun \ˈzan(t)-thə-ˌfil\
any of several yellow to orange carotenoid pigments that are oxygen derivatives of carotenes; especially : lutein

Etymology:

French xanthophylle, from xanth- + -phylle -phyll, from Greek xanthos, yellow + phullon, leaf

First Known Use: 1838

The other three pigments in the leaves are chlorophyll (chloros, green), anthocyanin (anthos, flower + kuanos, blue), and carotene



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