1. [syn: indigo, indigo plant, Indigofera tinctoria]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Indigo \In"di*go\, a.
Having the color of, pertaining to, or derived from, indigo.
Indigo berry (Bot.), the fruit of the West Indian shrub
Randia aculeata, used as a blue dye.
Indigo bird (Zool.), a small North American finch
(Cyanospiza cyanea). The male is indigo blue in color.
Called also indigo bunting.
(a) The essential coloring material of commercial indigo,
from which it is obtained as a dark blue earthy powder,
with a reddish luster, C16H10N2O2, which may be
crystallized by sublimation. Indigo blue is also made
from artificial amido cinnamic acid, and from artificial
isatine; and these methods are of great commercial
importance. Called also indigotin.
(b) A dark, dull blue color like the indigo of commerce.
Indigo brown (Chem.), a brown resinous substance found in
Indigo copper (Min.), covellite.
Indigo green, a green obtained from indigo.
Indigo plant (Bot.), a leguminous plant of several species
(genus Indigofera), from which indigo is prepared. The
different varieties are natives of Asia, Africa, and
America. Several species are cultivated, of which the most
important are the Indigofera tinctoria, or common
indigo plant, the Indigofera Anil, a larger species,
and the Indigofera disperma.
Indigo purple, a purple obtained from indigo.
Indigo red, a dyestuff, isomeric with indigo blue, obtained
from crude indigo as a dark brown amorphous powder.
Indigo snake (Zool.), the gopher snake.
Indigo white, a white crystalline powder obtained by
reduction from indigo blue, and by oxidation easily
changed back to it; -- called also indigogen.
Indigo yellow, a substance obtained from indigo.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: deciduous subshrub of southeastern Asia having pinnate
leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers; a source of
indigo dye [syn: indigo, indigo plant, Indigofera