Word Archaeology: erythrism

This word, first used circa 1864, refers to having an exceptional amount of red pigmentation, such as skin, hair, fur, or feathers. Causes of the condition include genetic mutations and diet – as in some bees that feed on red corn syrup used to make maraschino cherries.

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