Indian red

  1. 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.

  2. a pigment of that color prepared by oxidizing the salts of iron.

Origin of Indian red

First recorded in 1745–55

Words Nearby Indian red Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Indian red in a sentence

  • String a large Indian-red bead on each end and tie a knot to keep it from falling off.

  • The boy's complexion ran through the palette, and subsided from a dull Indian-red to a sickly Nile-green.

    The Whole Family | William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
  • The prevailing color is ruddy Indian-red, relieved by deep blue and black, while brighter tints show here and there.

    Idolatry | Julian Hawthorne
  • Mr Rokens flushed a deep Indian-red, and his nose assumed a warm blue colour instantly.

    The Red Eric | R.M. Ballantyne
  • The dark-skinned captain became Indian-red in the face from suppressed laughter.

    The Battery and the Boiler | R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for Indian red

Indian red

  1. a red pigment containing ferric oxide, used in paints and cosmetics and produced by oxidizing iron salts

  2. a type of red soil containing ferric oxide, found in S Asia and used as a pigment and metal polish

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