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India ink

noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. a black pigment consisting of lampblack mixed with glue or size.
  2. a liquid ink from this.
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Origin of India ink

First recorded in 1655–65
Also called Chinese ink.
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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