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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several stable, light-fast, blue or green organic pigments derived from the basic compound (C6H4C2N)4N4 and used in enamels, printing inks, linoleum, and plastics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a family of macrocyclic compounds having a structure similar to that of porphyrin; they are blue/green pigments that are used in plastics and enamels


phthal(ic) + cyanine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From phthalimide + cyanine (Wiktionary)



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  • A scary-sounding word for an extraordinarily beautiful pigment.

    October 17, 2007