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indigo

[ in-di-goh ]
/ ˈɪn dɪˌgoʊ /
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noun, plural in·di·gos, in·di·goes.
a blue dye obtained from various plants, especially of the genus Indigofera, or manufactured synthetically.
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.
adjective
Also called indigo-blue, indigotic. of the color indigo.
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Origin of indigo

1545–55; <Spanish or Portuguese, variant of índico<Latin indicum<Greek indikón, noun use of neuter of IndikósIndic
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British Dictionary definitions for indigo

indigo
/ (ˈɪndɪˌɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos or -goes
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
  1. any of a group of colours that have the same blue-violet hue; a spectral colour
  2. (as adjective)an indigo carpet

Derived forms of indigo

indigotic (ˌɪndɪˈɡɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for indigo

C16: from Spanish indico, via Latin from Greek Indikos of India
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