noun (plural indigos or indigoes)
- 1A tropical plant of the pea family, which was formerly widely cultivated as a source of dark blue dye.
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- Genus Indigofera, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular I. tinctoria
- The planting of indigoes was only by a handful of Hakka farmers in mountain towns, because poor transportation prevented them from acquiring imported dyes.
- In the sixteenth century El Salvador produced cacao, from which chocolate is made; in the eighteenth century it grew indigo, which yields a blue dye used in clothing.
- From it radiated directly the indigo and rice plantations.
- 2 [mass noun] The dark blue dye obtained from the indigo plant.More example sentences
- Tuareg and Fulani women wear dark clothes dyed with indigo.
- Coffee, sugar, cotton, and indigo (a blue dye) from Haiti accounted for nearly one-half of France's foreign trade.
- The Tuareg are best known for the men's practice of veiling their faces with a blue cloth dyed with indigo.
- 2.1A colour between blue and violet in the spectrum: the deepest indigo of the horizonMore example sentences
- It includes the full spectrum of colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
- A more accurate map shows a wash of differing hues of indigo and violet, with some smatterings of infrared and ultraviolet at the extremes.
- Later color theorists generally replaced indigo and violet with just a single hue: purple or violet.
mid 16th century: from Portuguese índigo, via Latin from Greek indikon, from indikos 'Indian (dye)' (see Indic).
More definitions of indigoDefinition of indigo in:
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