a-west Indian plant Indigofera anil one of many original resources of indigo in addition the indigo dye
- a blue dye acquired from plants or made synthetically
- shrub of western Indies and south usa that is a source of indigo dye
- A West Indian plant (Indigofera anil), among original sources of indigo; in addition, the indigo dye.
Name Origin: Hindi
Name Gender: Male
West Indian shrub, 1580s, from French or Portuguese anil (see aniline).
(letter.) A West Indian plant (Indigofera anil), among original resources of indigo; additionally, the indigo dye.
Fritzsche showed that by treating indigo with caustic potash it yielded an oil, which he named aniline, from the specific name of one of the indigo-yielding plants, Indigofera anil, anil being derived from the Sanskrit nila, dark-blue, and nila, the indigo plant.