- 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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Examples from the Web for indian red
Here was a student from the West, with his dark eye and coal-black hair, and Indian-red cheeks.
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.The Child's Rainy Day Book
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
- 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