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anil

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/ ˈæn l /
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noun

a West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa, of the legume family, having elongated clusters of small, reddish-yellow flowers and yielding indigo.
indigo; deep blue.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for anil

anil
/ (ˈænɪl) /

noun

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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