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anil (true indigo)

Definition:

a shrub of the West Indies and of South America that is a source of indigo dye

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Plural:

anils

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Indigofera anil [species] | Indigofera suffruticosa [species] | I. anil [abbreviation, species] | I. suffruticosa [abbreviation, species]

Etymology:

French, from Portuguese, from Arabic an-nīl, the indigo plant: al-, the +...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Indigofera suffruticosa [species] | Anil | Guatemalan indigo | Small-leaved indigo | West Indian indigo | Wild indigo | Indigofera anil [L., species]

a flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae. In Hawaiian it's known as either ʻInikō/Inikoa, or Kolū; in Fijian it's called Vaivai, the Samoans call it Laʻau mageso, on Guam it's called Aniles, and in Tonga it's referred to as ʻakauveli. Añil... (42 of 238 words, 3 images)

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New World Dictionary:

anil | Indigofera suffruticosa [species, sense-specific]

a West Indian shrub of the pea family, from which indigo is made | "indigo" (14 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

anil | Indigofera suffruticosa [species, sense-specific]

a West Indian shrub of the legume family, having elongated clusters of small, reddish-yellow flowers and yielding indigo. | indigo; deep blue. (21 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/anil

Collins Dictionary:

anil | indigo [synonym]

a leguminous West Indian shrub, "Indigofera suffruticosa": a source of indigo (11 of 294 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anil

American Heritage Dictionary:

anil

The indigo plant or the blue dye obtained from it. (10 of 35 words, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

anil | anils [plural]

The indigo shrub; or the indigo dye obtained from the plant. | [organic chemistry] Any imine in which the N-radical is a phenyl (or substituted phenyl) group. (26 of 27 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anil

Merriam-Webster:

indigo plant | Indigofera [genus]

a plant that yields indigo ; especially, any of a genus of leguminous herbs (14 of 35 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/indigo plant

Britannica Encyclopedia:

indigo [plant genus]

in botany, any shrub or herb of the genus Indigofera within the pea family. Most species occur in warm climates and are generally silky or hairy. The ... (27 of 115 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/286170​/indigo

indigo [dye]

an important and valuable vat dyestuff, obtained until about 1900 entirely from plants of the genera Indigofera and Isatis. Indigo was known to the ... (24 of 225 words)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

indigo

important blue dyestuff used in printing inks and for vat dyeing of cotton (see dye). It was anciently produced in India and was known in Egypt, ... (26 of 161 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

indigo | indigos [plural] | indigoes [plural]

a tropical plant of the pea family, which was formerly widely cultivated as ... | the dark blue dye obtained from the indigo plant. | a colour between ... (26 of 103 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/indigo

Macmillan British Dictionary:

indigo

between dark blue and purple in colour (7 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/indigo

Cambridge Dictionary:

indigo

(having) a bluish purple colour (5 of 14 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/indigo

Encarta Dictionary:

anil | anils [plural] | Indigofera suffruticosa [species]

a bush that is the source of indigo dye. Native to: Caribbean. (12 of 50 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695557​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

anil

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

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New World Dictionary:

anil

Origin: French from Portuguese from Arabic an-nīl from al, the + nīl, indigo plant from Sanskrit nīlaḥ, dark blue

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Collins Dictionary:

anil

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Portuguese, from Arabic an-nīl, the indigo, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anil

Online Etymology:

anil

First use: 1580s

Origin: W. Indian shrub, from French or Portuguese anil.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=anil

Wiktionary:

anil | anils [plural]

Origin: Middle French anil, Portuguese anil.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anil

Encarta Dictionary:

anil | anils [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: French and Portuguese from Arabic an-nīl "the indigo" from Arabic and Persian nīl from Sanskrit nīla- "dark blue"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695557​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

anil

Audio: British English pronunciation of "anil"

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the Free Dictionary:

anil

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anil

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anil" by speech synthesizer

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