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 for Taurine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taurine \Tau"rine\, a. [L. taurinus, fr. taurus a bull. See
     Taurus.] (Zool.)
     Of or pertaining to the genus Taurus, or cattle.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taurine \Tau"rine\, n. [So named because it was discovered in
     the bile of the ox. See Taurus.] (Physiol. Chem.)
     A chemical compound occurring in small quantity in the juices
     of muscle, in the lungs, and elsewhere, but especially in the
     bile, where it is found as a component part of taurocholic
     acid, from which it can be prepared by decomposition of the
     acid. It crystallizes in colorless, regular six-sided prisms,
     and is especially characterized by containing both nitrogen
     and sulphur, being chemically amido-isethionic acid,
     C2H7NSO3.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  taurine
      adj 1: of or relating to or resembling a bull
      n 1: a colorless crystalline substance obtained from the bile of
           mammals

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