anil

[an-l]
noun
  1. a West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa, of the legume family, having elongated clusters of small, reddish-yellow flowers and yielding indigo.
  2. 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 + feminine noun suffix)
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anil

noun
  1. a leguminous West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa: a source of indigoAlso called: indigo

Word Origin for anil

C16: from Portuguese, from Arabic an-nīl, the indigo, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue
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Word Origin and History for anil
n.

West Indian shrub, 1580s, from French or Portuguese anil (see aniline).

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