Definition of plumbago
1 [New Latin, from Latin] : any of a genus (Plumbago of the family Plumbaginaceae, the plumbago family) of chiefly tropical herbs and shrubs with alternate leaves and spikes of showy flowers
2 : graphite 1
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Origin and Etymology of plumbago
Latin plumbagin-, plumbago galena, from plumbum
First Known Use: 1732See Words from the same year
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