indigo plant

noun

: a plant that yields indigo
especially : any of a genus (Indigofera) of leguminous herbs

Examples of indigo plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look at red frangipani trees and indigo plants, both endemic to the region, as well as a vanilla plant, which was first domesticated in Mexico. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 The three-pack of kitchen towels gets their vibrant color from pomegranate, turmeric, and indigo plants, and are made from organic cotton. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2023 This cool unisex name, which derives from the indigo plant, will have your tot standing out in the crowd. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, 4 Jan. 2023 Tatcha utilizes the healing properties of the anti-inflammatory indigo plant to soothe inflamed skin, while silk and squalane work to hydrate and repair. Tanisha Pina, NBC News, 6 Dec. 2019 But indigo plants yield only a small amount of the dye. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 11 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indigo plant was in 1712

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“Indigo plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indigo%20plant. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

indigo plant

noun
: any of a genus of plants of the legume family that are a source of indigo

Medical Definition

indigo plant

noun
: a plant that yields indigo
especially : any of a genus (Indigofera) of leguminous herbs
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