Ma*gen"ta (?), n. Chem.
An aniline dye obtained as an amorphous substance having a green bronze surface color, which dissolves to a shade of red; also, the color; -- so called from Magenta, in Italy, in allusion to the battle fought there about the time the dye was discovered. Called also fuchsine, roseine, etc.
<-- now fuschin -->
<-- 2. n. the purpish-red color of magenta -->
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