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A natural yellow organic colorant that, in addition to Quercitron, is obtained from oak bark. Pure flavine produces a vivid yellow on wool when mordanted with alum and tin. Flavine naturally mixed with quercitron from oak extracts produces a wider range of colors from a greenish yellow to orange to a dark green. Flavine, used both as a dye and lake pigment, is not lightfast.

Synonyms and Related Terms

flavine lake; flavina (Esp.)

Other Properties

Soluble in water.

Composition C10H6N4O2


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