indigo

noun
in·di·go | \ ˈin-di-ˌgō \
plural indigos or indigoes

Definition of indigo 

1a : a blue vat dye obtained from plants (such as indigo plants)

b : the principal coloring matter C16H10N2O2 of natural indigo usually synthesized as a blue powder with a coppery luster

3 : a deep reddish blue

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The linen tweed coat with indigo over-check is made of wool, silk and linen. Nedra Rhone, ajc, "10 great Father’s Day gift ideas," 7 June 2018 There, the 29-year-old software engineer collected her mail in the fancier of the building’s two mailrooms: a space with 20-foot-high ceilings, a polished concrete floor and walls decorated with wooden panels painted a vibrant indigo. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Inside the High-End Mailrooms Wealthy Residents Visit When They’ve Got Mail," 7 June 2018 For Earth Day, Hanson will release a limited-edition Global Travel Kit ($120), a handwoven travel bag dyed with natural indigo made by Thailand’s Karen hill tribes and filled with her skin-care products. Kathryn Romeyn, latimes.com, "Lina Hanson builds a beauty brand by discovering new ingredients one country and story at a time," 20 Apr. 2018 The Butler is a classic trainer in pastel or indigo tones. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "Plae’s sneakers are made for kids, but coveted by adults," 27 June 2018 Each indigo strand was as thick as a twig, and had the moist look of an anemone. Julie Orringer, New York Times, "Short Stories That Travel the World From a Deliciously Off-Kilter Perspective," 22 June 2018 Far out on the ice and in the indigo waters of the Arctic Ocean, the whaling crews of Utqiagvik are still working. The Economist, "Whaling in Alaska," 14 June 2018 Made on old Japanese looms and using old-fashioned indigo-dyeing techniques, Japanese denim is rougher than its American counterpart, with sharper fade and crease lines. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "The Hottest Jeans Cost $2,000 and Are Made in Japan," 5 June 2018 These sheets come in six colors: white, fog, toast, blush, coal, and indigo. Jacqueline Wladis, Allure, "I Tried Parachute's Linen Sheets and They Totally Transformed My Sleep," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of indigo

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for indigo

Italian dialect, from Latin indicum, from Greek indikon, from neuter of indikos Indic, from Indos India

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indigo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indigo

: a deep purplish-blue color

indigo

noun
in·di·go | \ ˈin-di-ˌgō \
plural indigos or indigoes

Kids Definition of indigo

1 : a blue dye made artificially or obtained especially formerly from plants ( indigo plants )

2 : a deep purplish blue

indigo

noun
in·di·go | \ ˈin-di-ˌgō \
plural indigos or indigoes

Medical Definition of indigo 

1a : a blue dye obtained from indigo plants (as Indigofera tinctoria of Africa and India, I. anil of South America, and I. auriculata of Arabia and Egypt)

b : the principal coloring matter C16H10N2O2 of natural indigo usually synthesized as a blue powder with a coppery luster

called also indigotin

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