Biochem. a red, crystalline, carotenoid pigment, CH, that acts as an antioxidant: found in tomatoes, carrots, etc.
Origin of lycopene; from lycop(in), earlier name (; from Modern Latin Lycopersicon, genus name of the tomato ; from Classical Greek lykos, wolf + persikos, peach) + -ene
A red carotenoid pigment, C40H56, found chiefly in blood, the reproductive organs, tomatoes, and palm oils.
Origin of lycopeneAlteration of earlier lycopin : New Latin Lycop(ersicon), tomato genus (Greek lukos, wolf; see w&llowring;kwo- in Indo-European roots + Greek persikon, peach, from persik&emacron;, peach tree; see peach1) + –in.