Definitions for xanthophyllˈzæn θə fɪl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
xan•tho•phyllˈzæn θə fɪl(n.)
a carotenoid yellow pigment of plants, algae, and other forms, often masked by the green of chlorophyll.
Origin of xanthophyll:
1830–40; < F xanthophylle. See xantho -, -phyll
xanthophyll, xanthophyl, lutein(noun)
yellow carotenoid pigments in plants and animal fats and egg yolks
Any of various hydroxy, carbonyl or carboxylic acid derivatives of carotenes.
Alternative name for lutein.
Origin: From xantho- (from ) + -phyll (from ).
a yellow coloring matter found in yellow autumn leaves, and also produced artificially from chlorophyll; -- formerly called also phylloxanthin