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NOUN (1)

1. a sweet tasting alkaloid that occurs in sugar beets;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Betaine \Be"ta*ine\, n. [From beta, generic name of the beet.] (Chem.) A nitrogenous base, C5H11NO2, produced artificially, and also occurring naturally in beet-root molasses and its residues, from which it is extracted as a white crystalline substance; -- called also lycine and oxyneurine. It has a sweetish taste. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

betaine n 1: a sweet tasting alkaloid that occurs in sugar beets