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An indigo plant or the blue dye obtained from it.

[French, from Portuguese, from Arabic an-nīl, the indigo plant : al-, the + Persian nīl (from Sanskrit nīlī, from nīla-, dark blue).]


(Plants) a leguminous West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa: a source of indigo. Also called: indigo
[C16: from Portuguese, from Arabic an-nīl, the indigo, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue]


(ˈæn l)

1. a West Indian shrub, Indigoferasuffruticosa, of the legume family, having clusters of small, reddish yellow flowers and yielding indigo.
2. indigo; deep blue.
[1575–85; < Portuguese < Arabic an-nīl=al the + nīl indigo < Skt nīlī indigo (nīl(a) dark blue + feminine n. suffix)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anil - a blue dye obtained from plants or made syntheticallyanil - a blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically
dye, dyestuff - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
2.anil - shrub of West Indies and South America that is a source of indigo dyeanil - shrub of West Indies and South America that is a source of indigo dye
indigo plant, Indigofera tinctoria, indigo - deciduous subshrub of southeastern Asia having pinnate leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers; a source of indigo dye
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