anils

anil

[an-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:
1575–85; < 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)
 
n
Also called: indigo a leguminous West Indian shrub, Indigofera suffruticosa: a source of indigo
 
[C16: from Portuguese, from Arabic an-nīl, the indigo, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue]

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anil
W. Indian shrub, 1580s, from Fr. or Port. anil, from Arabic and Persian annil, representing al nil, from Skt. nili "indigo" (see aniline).
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