Indian red

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noun

earth of a yellowish-red color, found especially in the Persian Gulf, that serves as a pigment and as a polish for gold and silver objects.
a pigment of that color prepared by oxidizing the salts of iron.

Origin of Indian red

First recorded in 1745–55
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Indian red


noun

a red pigment containing ferric oxide, used in paints and cosmetics and produced by oxidizing iron salts
a type of red soil containing ferric oxide, found in S Asia and used as a pigment and metal polish
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