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From the Tagalog phrase may-nilà, which translates to "where indigo is found." Nilà is derived from the Sanskrit nīla (नील) which refers to the indigo dye, and several plant species from which it can be derived. The Maynilà name is more likely in reference to the abundance of indigo-yielding plants growing in the area surrounding the settlement, rather than Maynilà being known as a settlement that trades in indigo dye, as the settlement was founded several hundred years before indigo dye extraction became an important economic activity in the area in the 18th century.


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Maynila (Baybayin spelling ᜋᜌ᜔ᜈᜒᜎ)

  1. Manila (a city, the national capital of the Philippines)
    Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
    University of the City of Manila