a yellow, water-soluble, needlelike, crystalline solid, C 16 H 14 O 5 , obtained from brazil and sappanwood: used as a dye and an indicator.
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Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4 Various

a pale yellow soluble crystalline solid, turning red in alkaline solution, extracted from brazil wood and sappanwood and used in dyeing and as an indicator. Formula: C16H14O5


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