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erythrite


erythrite


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Erythrite  \E*ryth"rite\,  n.  [Gr.  'eryqro`s  red.] 
  1.  (Chem.)  A  colorless  crystalline  substance,  {C4H6.(OH)4}, 
  of  a  sweet,  cooling  taste,  extracted  from  certain  lichens, 
  and  obtained  by  the  decomposition  of  erythrin;  --  called 
  also  {erythrol},  {erythroglucin},  {erythromannite}, 
  {pseudorcin},  {cobalt  bloom},  and  under  the  name  {phycite} 
  obtained  from  the  alga  {Protococcus  vulgaris}.  It  is  a 
  tetrabasic  alcohol,  corresponding  to  glycol  and  glycerin.