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anil

[an-l] /ˈæn l/
noun
1.
a West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa, of the legume family, having elongated clusters of small, reddish-yellow flowers and yielding indigo.
2.
indigo; deep blue.
Origin
1575-1585
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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anil

/ˈænɪl/
noun
1.
a leguminous West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa: a source of indigo Also called indigo
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese, from Arabic an-nīl, the indigo, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue
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n.

West Indian shrub, 1580s, from French or Portuguese anil (see aniline).

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