[ pluhm-bey-goh ]
/ plʌmˈbeɪ goʊ /

noun, plural plum·ba·gos.

a drawing made by an instrument with a lead point.

Nearby words

  1. plumb line,
  2. plumb rule,
  3. plumb-bob,
  4. plumbaginaceous,
  5. plumbaginous,
  6. plumbeous,
  7. plumber,
  8. plumber's helper,
  9. plumber's snake,
  10. plumbery

Origin of plumbago

1595–1605; < Latin plumbāgō, translation of Greek molýbdaina lead ore, derivative of mólybdos lead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plumbago


/ (plʌmˈbeɪɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos

any plumbaginaceous plant of the genus Plumbago, of warm regions, having clusters of blue, white, or red flowersSee also leadwort
another name for graphite

Word Origin for plumbago

C17: from Latin: lead ore, leadwort, translation of Greek polubdaina lead ore, from polubdos lead

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Word Origin and History for plumbago



"graphite," 1784, from Latin plumbago "a type of lead ore, black lead," from plumbum "lead" (see plumb (n.)); it renders Greek molybdaina, which was used of yellow lead oxide and also of a type of plant (leadwort). Attested in English in the yellow oxide sense from 1610s; as a type of plant from 1747. Related: Plumbaginous.

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