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Anil

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Anil

(Science: botany) a west indian plant (indigofera anil), one of the original sources of indigo; also, the indigo dye.

Origin: f. Anil, sp. Anil, or pg. Anil; all fr. Ar. An-nil, for al-nil the indigo plant, fr. Skr. Nila dark blue, nili indigo, indigo plant. Cf. Lilac.