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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]
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 + -ī feminine n. suffix)]
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|Noun||1.||anil - a blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically|
|2.||anil - shrub of West Indies and South America that is a source of indigo dye|