Borrowed from French alizarine, corresponding to alizari + -in.
alizarin (countable and uncountable, plural alizarins)
- (organic chemistry) A red substance, 1,2-dihydroxyanthraquinone, extracted from madder root and used as a dye.
- 2010, Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of all Maladies, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 82:
- In 1883, the German output of alizarin, the brilliant red chemical that imitated natural carmine, reached twelve thousand tons, dwarfing the amount being produced by Perkin's factory in London.
Terms derived from alizarin