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 for anil
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Anil \An"il\, n. [F. anil, Sp. an[imac]l, or Pg. anil; all fr.
     Ar. an-n[imac]l, for al-n[imac]l the indigo plant, fr. Skr.
     n[imac]la dark blue, n[imac]l[imac] indigo, indigo plant. Cf.
     Lilac.] (Bot.)
     A West Indian plant ({Indigofera anil), one of the original
     sources of indigo; also, the indigo dye.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  anil
      n 1: a blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically [syn:
           anil, indigo, indigotin]
      2: shrub of West Indies and South America that is a source of
         indigo dye [syn: anil, Indigofera suffruticosa,
         Indigofera anil]

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