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Indian red

noun
  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.
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Origin of Indian red

First recorded in 1745–55
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Historical Examples of indian red

  • Here was a student from the West, with his dark eye and coal-black hair, and Indian-red cheeks.

    The Knickerbocker, Vol. 10, No. 5, November 1837

    Various

  • The stranger, on his part, saw a rather more than commonly charming Georgiana, on account of the Indian-red silk frock.

    Under the Country Sky

    Grace S. Richmond

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

  • As for Goff, he has a huge shining bald forehead, and immense bristling Indian-red whiskers.

    Men's Wives

    William Makepeace Thackeray

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

    The Red Eric

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for indian red

Indian red

noun
  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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