Indian ink



(sometimes lowercase) British. India ink. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of indian ink

  • For painting the moustaches and eyebrows, Indian-ink or burnt cork will answer.

    The Art of Amusing

    Frank Bellew

  • Dr. Barth wrote his numerous observations entirely in Indian-ink.

    The Art of Travel

    Francis Galton

  • “Then we must be content with Indian-ink,” replied the pacha, lifting the pitcher to his mouth, and emptying it.

    The Pacha of Many Tales

    Frederick Marryat

  • Most touching of all as a reminiscence is the Indian-ink drawing which Severn made of his dying friend on 28 Jany.

    Life of John Keats

    William Michael Rossetti

  • The water was glassy and motionless, reflecting tint by tint of the Indian-ink sky above.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for indian ink

Indian ink

esp US and Canadian India ink


a black pigment made from a mixture of lampblack and a binding agent such as gelatine or glue: usually formed into solid cakes and sticks
a black liquid ink made from this pigment
Also called: China ink, Chinese ink
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