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One of a group of red, orange, purple or yellow pigments typically found as accessory pigments in plants and some fungi. They are fat-soluble and are called lipochromes when they are found concentrated in animal fat. Carotenoids are widely used as food colorings, and one pigment, ß carotene, is used as a source of Vitamin A. Compare anthocyanin

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