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[pluhm-bey-goh] /plʌmˈbeɪ goʊ/
noun, plural plumbagos.
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 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -gos
any plumbaginaceous plant of the genus Plumbago, of warm regions, having clusters of blue, white, or red flowers See also leadwort
another name for graphite
Word Origin
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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