Definition of plumbago in English:


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Pronunciation: /plʌmˈbeɪgəʊ

noun (plural plumbagos)

  • 1 old-fashioned term for graphite.
    [ early 17th century (denoting an ore such as galena containing lead): from Latin, from plumbum 'lead'. The sense 'graphite' arose through its use for pencil leads]
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    • The only mine in Great Britain which yields plumbago, or black lead as it is called, suitable for pencil-making, is situated in one of the mountains at Borrowdale, in Cumberland, and is about 1000 ft. deep.
    • For no matter how hard they looked, no one could find a second deposit of plumbago that could be cut into sticks and used to make pencils
  • 2An evergreen flowering shrub or climber which is widely distributed in warm regions and grown elsewhere as a greenhouse or indoor plant. Also called leadwort.
    [named from the colour of the flowers]
    • Genus Plumbago, family Plumbaginaceae
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    • I have several blue plumbagos in pots on my patio, and they do very well.
    • The planter behind is filled with fragrant vines; two ‘Royal Cape’ plumbagos in red pots flank the front posts.
    • Prune greenhouse and conservatory climbers, such as plumbago and passionflower.

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