Definitions for anilˈæn l

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anil, indigo, indigotin(noun)

    a blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically

  2. anil, Indigofera suffruticosa, Indigofera anil(noun)

    shrub of West Indies and South America that is a source of indigo dye


  1. anil(Noun)

    The indigo shrub; or the indigo dye obtained from the plant.

  2. anil(Noun)

    Any imine in which the N-radical is a phenyl (or substituted phenyl) group.

  3. Origin: From anil, anil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anil(noun)

    a West Indian plant (Indigofera anil), one of the original sources of indigo; also, the indigo dye

  2. Origin: [F. anil, Sp. anl, or Pg. anil; all fr. Ar. an-nl, for al-nl the indigo plant, fr. Skr. nla dark blue, nl indigo, indigo plant. Cf. Lilac.]


  1. Indigofera suffruticosa

    Indigofera suffruticosa, commonly known as Guatemalan indigo, small-leaved indigo, West Indian indigo, wild indigo, and añil, is a flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae. In Hawaiian, it is known as either ʻinikō/inikoa, or kolū; in Fijian it is called vaivai, the Samoans call it laʻau mageso, on Guam it is called aniles, and in Tonga it is referred to as ʻakauveli. Añil is native to the subtropical and tropical Americas, including the southern United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America as far south as northern Argentina. This species has been widely introduced to other parts of the world and today has a pantropical distribution. It is an erect branching shrub growing to 1 m tall with pinnate leaves, and is commonly found growing in dry, highly disturbed areas such as roadsides and fallow fields. Añil is commonly used as a source for indigo dye, and if mixed with certain clays, can produce Maya blue, a pigment used by the Mesoamerican civilizations.

Anagrams for anil »

  1. Lani

  2. INLA

  3. lain

  4. nail

  5. Lina

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