A large group of natural organic colorants composed of heterocyclic aromatic compounds. Flavonoids make up most of the yellow, red, and blue colors in flowers and fruits. Many natural dyes and lake pigments are made from flavonoids. Some types of flavonoids are catechins, anthocyanins, and flavonols.
Synonyms and Related Terms
flavonoide (Esp., Fr.); flavonóide (Port.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- John and Margaret Cannon, Dye Plants and Dyeing, Herbert Press, London, 1994
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998