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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
References in classic literature ?
Presently she started up, exclaiming that they would be late for breakfast; and they hurried back to the tumble-down house with its pointless porch and unpruned hedge of plumbago and pink geraniums where the Wellands were installed for the winter.
7] At the cataracts of the great rivers Orinoco, Nile, and Congo, the syenitic rocks are coated by a black substance, appearing as if they had been polished with plumbago.
Antidiabetic effect of plumbagin isolated from Plumbago zeylanica L root and its effect on GLLTT4 translocation in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.
8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Ailment 9 Oboes 10 Limit 11 Antigua 12 Ova 13 Pastoral 16 Foolscap 17 Tea 19 Ravioli 21 Pesto 22 Image 23 Nowhere DOWN: 1 Galleon 2 Plumbago 3 Nest 4 Soft soap 5 Long 6 Aswan 8 Transaction 13 Pullover 14 Attested 15 Baronet 18 Orbit 20 Vial 21 Pawn QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Track record 8 Duo 9 Oil 11 Inspect 12 Bravo 13 Say 14 Dab 15 Unheard 17 Oaf 19 Orgy 21 Eyes 23 Huge 25 Gaze 27 Dot 29 Sponger 31 Ace 34 Bib 36 Shake 37 Outline 38 Sir 39 Act 40 Close finish DOWN: 1 Tuna 2 Rosy 3 Cleanse 4 Rather 5 Caber 6 Road 7 Diva 8 Disco 10 Lobby 16 Dog 18 Fez 20 Red 22 Yes 24 Uneaten 25 Glass 26 One-off 28 Tibet 30 Press 32 Chic 33 Earl 34 Bias 35 Inch followed
PLUMBAGO A Lead weight attached to fishing line B Fungus disease affecting fruit C Form of carbon used in pencil-making who am I?
For cool blue or white summer blooms in light shade, consider two South African imports: lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus)--commonly planted because it's so undemanding; and cape plumbago (Plumbago auriculata), which grows into a loose, blossom-covered mound.
The popular shrub Plumbago capensis from South Africa grows well with blue or white flowers.
Soltan Ahmed Heravi, the owner of the article literate script that in the year of 909 wrote this, mentioned that good pencil is the one that its plumbago is white.
Begonia Gardenia jasminoides Gardenia Hydrangea macrophylla Hydrangea Plumbago auriculata Plumbago Hamelia patens Firebush Crinum sp.
Known as hardy plumbago, its bright blue flowers are reminiscent of the plumbago you see growing profusely on the continent.
Torch" or the "Company") (CVE:TCR) (FRA:WNF) (OTCMKTS:TORVF), is pleased to announce that it is working towards the terms of a proposed agreement to merge with Plumbago Refining Corporation ("PRC").
ortgiesii, Plumbago capensis (Schoute, 1935), and especially conspicuous in some Apocynaceae, such as Vinca (Endress, 1999).