Xan"thic(?), a. [Gr. xanqo`s yellow: cf. F. xanthique.]
1. Tending toward a yellow color, or to one of those colors, green being excepted, in which yellow is a constituent, as scarlet, orange, etc.
(Chem.) (a) Possessing, imparting, or producing a yellow color; as,
xanthic acid. (b) Of or pertaining to xanthic acid, or its compounds; xanthogenic. (c) Of or pertaining to xanthin.
(Chem.), a heavy, astringent, colorless oil, C2H5O.CS.SH, having a pungent odor. It is produced by leading carbon disulphide into a hot alcoholic solution of potassium hydroxide. So called from the yellow color of many of its salts. Called also
xanthogenic acid. --
(Bot.), those colors (of flowers) having some tinge of yellow; -- opposed to
cyanic colors. See under Cyanic.
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