plumbago

[ pluhm-bey-goh ]
/ plʌmˈbeɪ goʊ /

noun, plural plum·ba·gos.

a drawing made by an instrument with a lead point.

Origin of plumbago

1595–1605; < Latin plumbāgō, translation of Greek molýbdaina lead ore, derivative of mólybdos lead
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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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