- a blue dye obtained from various plants, especially of the genus Indigofera, or manufactured synthetically.
- indigo blue(def 2).
- any of numerous hairy plants belonging to the genus Indigofera, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and clusters of usually red or purple flowers.
- a color ranging from a deep violet blue to a dark, grayish blue.
- Also called indigo-blue, indigotic. of the color indigo.
Origin of indigo
Examples from the Web for indigo
The jeans mysteriously came in a spray can, and were offered in two washes: “Indigo,” and “Bright Light.”American Eagle's Spray-On 'Skinny Skinny' Jeans Are, Thankfully, A Joke
March 22, 2013
Captain Kyd wished me to go on an indigo plantation, offering me high wages.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
There is no account of indigo, and the cultivation of cotton had not commenced.
Gone were the figs and almonds, the indigo, ivory, tortoise shells.The Harbor
Indigo, in like manner, grows there along the thickets, without culture.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Now, as she is to be married, who can it be to, but to Mr. Indigo?The Contrast
- Also called: indigotin a blue vat dye originally obtained from plants but now made synthetically
- any of various tropical plants of the leguminous genus Indigofera, such as the anil, that yield this dyeCompare wild indigo
- any of a group of colours that have the same blue-violet hue; a spectral colour
- (as adjective)an indigo carpet
Word Origin and History for indigo
1550s, from Spanish indico, Portuguese endego, and Dutch (via Portuguese) indigo, all from Latin indicum "indigo," from Greek indikon "blue dye from India," literally "Indian (substance)," neuter of indikos "Indian," from India (see India). As "the color of indigo" from 1620s. Replaced Middle English ynde (late 13c., from Old French inde, from Latin indicum). Earlier name in Mediterranean languages was annil, anil (see aniline).