India ink


noun (sometimes lowercase)

a black pigment consisting of lampblack mixed with glue or size.
a liquid ink from this.

Origin of India ink

First recorded in 1655–65
Also called Chinese ink. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chinese ink

Historical Examples of chinese ink

  • This process, however, utterly failed in all India-ink drawings.

    Outdoor Sketching

    Francis Hopkinson Smith

  • I have had this paper translated into English and illustrated by india-ink drawings.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • They should be marked with india-ink in large, plain figures.

  • Milly noticed the drawing-paper and the India-ink bottle on the table.

    One Woman's Life

    Robert Herrick

  • The face of the Colonel was made by painting an entire set of features on the forehead with India-ink.

    The Art of Amusing

    Frank Bellew