Definition of Indigofera

1. Noun. Genus of tropical herbs and shrubs having odd-pinnate leaves and spurred flowers in long racemes or spikes.

Exact synonyms: Genus Indigofera
Generic synonyms: Rosid Dicot Genus
Group relationships: Papilionoideae, Subfamily Papilionoideae
Member holonyms: Indigo, Indigo Plant, Indigofera Tinctoria

Definition of Indigofera

1. n. A genus of leguminous plants having many species, mostly in tropical countries, several of them yielding indigo, esp. Indigofera tinctoria, and I. Anil.

Medical Definition of Indigofera

1. A genus of leguminous plants having many species, mostly in tropical countries, several of them yielding indigo, especially. Indigofera tinctoria, and I. Anil. Origin: NL, from E. Indigo + L. Ferre to bear. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Indigofera

indigo bird
indigo blue
indigo broom
indigo bunting
indigo buntings
indigo carmine
indigo finch
indigo plant
indigo snake
indigo squill
indigofera (current term)

Literary usage of Indigofera

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Botanical Magazine, Or, Flower-garden Displayed: In which the Most by William Curtis (1792)
"indigofera CANDICANS. WHITE-LEAVED INDIGO. ... indigofera candicans foliis ... Of the genus indigofera, twenty-three ..."

2. Companion to the Botanical Magazine by Sir William Jackson Hooker (1835)
"Ind. indigofera trita, Linn. Suppl. p. 335. De Cand. Prodr. v. 2. p. 232. ... indigofera trita is usually found in large patches in pastures, flowering and ..."

3. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1817)
"... of the Country to the South of Cairo—indigofera—Situation of Memphis—Tumulus seen among the Pyramids—The most-antient Sepulchres not pyramidal — Village ..."

4. Publication by Field Columbian Museum (1902)
"indigofera ANIL L. "Indigo Bush." Forming dense patches in dry pastures. Bassin. Nov. (126), Jan. ... [indigofera tinctoria L. Eggers Fl. 189.] 394. ..."

5. Geographic Travels in Central Australia from 1872 to 1874 by Ernest Giles (1875)
"VIII., 225. Between the Alberga and Mount Olga ; seen also by Messrs. Forrest near their camps of the 13th and 15th July. indigofera monophylla, Cand ..."

6. Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society by Horticultural Society of London (1846)
"indigofera DECORA.* Received from Mr. Fortune, May 1, 1845. It is a greenhouse plant which will grow freely in almost any sort of soil, especially sandy ..."

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