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plumbago

[pluhm-bey-goh] /plʌmˈbeɪ goʊ/
noun, plural plumbagos.
1.
2.
a drawing made by an instrument with a lead point.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin plumbāgō, translation of Greek molýbdaina lead ore, derivative of mólybdos lead
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British Dictionary definitions for plumbagos'

plumbago

/plʌmˈbeɪɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos
1.
any plumbaginaceous plant of the genus Plumbago, of warm regions, having clusters of blue, white, or red flowers See also leadwort
2.
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 plumbagos'

plumbago

n.

"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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