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]More example sentences
- 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 that is widely distributed in warm regions and grown elsewhere as a greenhouse or indoor plant. Also called leadwort.[named from the color of the flowers]
More example sentences
- Genus Plumbago, family Plumbaginaceae
- 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.
More definitions of plumbagoDefinition of plumbago in:
- The British & World English dictionary