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ANIL (ANN-uhl)

The indigo plant or the blue dye from it
clues: Deep blue; Dye plant; Indigo product; Source of indigo; Indigo yielding shrub; Blue dye
Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year
Frequency in English language: 57531 / 86800
Video: Ancient Indigo-Dye Fabric Coloring

Anil is the common name of the flowering plant Indigofera suffruticosa (formerly Indigofera anil) in the family Fabaceae. In Hawaiian it is know as either ‘Iniko/Inikoa, or Kolu.

Anil is native to tropical America, and is commonly found in the West Indies and Hawaiian Islands, extending to subtropical Argentina, tropical/subtropical Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It is an erect branching shrub growing to 1m tall with pinnate leaves, and is commonly found growing in dry, highly disturbed areas such as roadsides and bush fallow.

Anil is commonly used as a source for Indigo dye.

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