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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Inulin  \In"u*lin\,  n.  [From  NL  Inula  Helenium,  the  elecampane: 
  cf  F.  inuline.]  (Chem.) 
  A  substance  of  very  wide  occurrence.  It  is  found  dissolved  in 
  the  sap  of  the  roots  and  rhizomes  of  many  composite  and  other 
  plants,  as  {Inula},  {Helianthus},  {Campanula},  etc.,  and  is 
  extracted  by  solution  as  a  tasteless,  white,  semicrystalline 
  substance,  resembling  starch,  with  which  it  is  isomeric.  It 
  is  intermediate  in  nature  between  starch  and  sugar.  Called 
  also  {dahlin},  {helenin},  {alantin},  etc 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Dahlin  \Dah"lin\  (d[aum]"l[i^]n),  n.  [From  {Dahlia}.]  (Chem.) 
  A  variety  of  starch  extracted  from  the  dahlia;  --  called  also 
  {inulin}.  See  {Inulin}.