Xanthic Xan"thic, a. [Gr. xanqo`s yellow: cf. F. xanthique.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (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. [1913 Webster]

{Xanthic acid} (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}.

{Xanthic colors} (Bot.), those colors (of flowers) having some tinge of yellow; -- opposed to {cyanic colors}. See under {Cyanic}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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