- 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
Examples from the Web for anil
Contemporary Examples of anil
And there was in fact somebody who fainted—Anil Kumar, a former McKinsey & Co. executive vice president.Charles Gasparino Details Insider-Trading Investigations in New Book, ‘Circle of Friends’
July 3, 2013
Historical Examples of anil
Putting into Acapulco, they found a bark laden with cocoas and anil.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
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
Word Origin for anil
West Indian shrub, 1580s, from French or Portuguese anil (see aniline).