- a West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa, of the legume family, having elongated clusters of small, reddish-yellow flowers and yielding indigo.
- indigo; deep blue.
Origin of anil
1575–85; < Portuguese < Arabic an-nīl, equivalent to al the + nīl indigo < Sanskrit nīlī indigo (nīl(a) dark blue + -ī feminine noun suffix)
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Anil, an′il, n. a plant from whose leaves and stalks indigo is made.
- a leguminous West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa: a source of indigoAlso called: indigo
C16: from Portuguese, from Arabic an-nīl, the indigo, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue
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Word Origin and History for anil
West Indian shrub, 1580s, from French or Portuguese anil (see aniline).
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