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.