Origin of plumbago
- Latin plumbāgō lead ore, a kind of plant from plumbum lead (the plant perhaps being so called because of the color of its flowers, or of another of its parts, or from the fact that it was used to cure a livid discoloration of the eyelid)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin plumbÄgÅ, from plumbum (“lead").
- Latin plumbago (“lead ore, black lead")