indigo

noun
in·​di·​go | \ ˈin-di-ˌgō How to pronounce indigo (audio) \
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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There are huddles of the Spanish delicacy percebes (goose barnacles); clusters of indigo mussels clinging to black metamorphic nobs. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 Once used to indicate social status, the indigo pigment is a stark contrast to the surrounding desert and looks particularly magical at night. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 The cash crops included cotton, jute, indigo, sugar, tea and coffee. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 Behind them, other women pegged swaths of indigo fabrics on bamboo poles, while men in loose navy shirts trickled into the fields that fan out from Zhaoxing’s cluster of slanted wooden roofs. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 2018 The charcoal grey wall is contrasted with creamy white paint and indigo fabrics for an all-around calming, zen-like corner. Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "3 Nature-Inspired Ways to Transform Your Home," 18 July 2018 Or a set of indigo ceramic bowls that will hold your salts and sugars beautifully. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Organization, but Make it Fashion: 12 Home Items That Are Chic and Functional," 17 Jan. 2019 Kylie Jenner has also jumped on the bright bandwagon—by way of a shocking indigo dye job, of course. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The First Breakout Beauty Trend of 2019 Is Already Blowing Up on Instagram," 10 Jan. 2019 Ferguson arrived with her and Prince Andrew's older daughter, Princess Beatrice, who also went monochrome in an indigo Ralph & Russo ensemble. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson's Green Royal Wedding Dress Was a Subtle Tribute to Her Wedding to Prince Andrew," 12 Nov. 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 How to pronounce indigo (audio) \
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 How to pronounce indigo (audio) \
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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