Plumbago



[pluhm-bey-goh] /plʌmˈbeɪ goʊ/

noun, plural plumbagos.
1.
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2.
a drawing made by an instrument with a lead point.
/plʌmˈbeɪɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos
1.
any plumbaginaceous plant of the genus Plumbago, of warm regions, having clusters of blue, white, or red flowers See also leadwort
2.
another name for graphite
n.

“graphite,” 1784, from Latin plumbago “a type of lead ore, black lead,” from plumbum “lead” (see plumb (n.)); it renders Greek molybdaina, which was used of yellow lead oxide and also of a type of plant (leadwort). Attested in English in the yellow oxide sense from 1610s; as a type of plant from 1747. Related: Plumbaginous.

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