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n. pl. plum·ba·gos
1. See graphite.
2. See leadwort.

[Latin plumbāgō, lead ore, a kind of plant, from plumbum, lead (the plant perhaps being so called because of the color of its flowers, or of another of its parts, or from the fact that it was used to cure a livid discoloration of the eyelid).]


n, pl -gos
1. (Plants) any plumbaginaceous plant of the genus Plumbago, of warm regions, having clusters of blue, white, or red flowers. See also leadwort
2. (Elements & Compounds) another name for graphite
[C17: from Latin: lead ore, leadwort, translation of Greek polubdaina lead ore, from polubdos lead]


(ˈgræf aɪt)

a soft native carbon occurring in black to dark gray foliated masses: used for pencil leads, as a lubricant, as a moderator in nuclear reactors, and for making crucibles and other refractories; plumbago.
[1790–1800; < German Graphit < Greek gráph(ein) to write, draw + German -it -ite1]
gra•phit•ic (grəˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plumbago - used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactorsplumbago - used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors
pencil lead, lead - mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
atomic number 6, carbon, C - an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds
pencil - graphite (or a similar substance) used in such a way as to be a medium of communication; "the words were scribbled in pencil"; "this artist's favorite medium is pencil"
2.plumbago - any plumbaginaceous plant of the genus Plumbago
genus Plumbago - shrubs and herbs and woody vines of warm regions: leadwort
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests


[plʌmˈbeɪgəʊ] N (plumbagos (pl)) → plombagina f


nGrafit m, → Graphit m
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Plumbagos put out enormously long stems each year that they really do need to be chopped back to about 15cm.
Other blue flowers sighted at this time of year include bog sage (Salvia uglinosa), a tall, spreading perennial that grows well near water or in filtered sun; chaste tree (Vitex agnus- castus), with stunning blue spires and compound, five-leaflet palmate leaves; and the plumbagos, whether the dark blue dwarf plumbago ground cover (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), or the sky blue cape plumbago (Plumbago auriculata), an amorphous, billowy Cal-Trans standard that serves well as a screen or property barrier where water saving is important.
The soaring golden spikes of the candle bush and the bright yellow blossoms of beach buttercup illuminate the multicolor landscape, where the sky-blue plumbagos mingle with the fiery red of heliconia and penta, the orange blossoms of the pagoda flowers, the purple haze of the crepe myrtle and the glory bush and the coral trumpets of the cape honeysuckle.