Anil meaning

ănĭl
A West Indian shrub (Indigofera suffruticosa) of the pea family, from which indigo is made.
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The indigo shrub; or the indigo dye obtained from the plant.
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An indigo plant or the blue dye obtained from it.
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(organic chemistry) Any imine in which the N-radical is a phenyl (substituted phenyl) group.
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Origin of anil

  • French from Portuguese from Arabic an-nīl the indigo plant al- the Persian nīl (from Sanskrit nīlī) (from nīla- dark blue)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French anil, Portuguese anil.

    From Wiktionary