- a yellowish-red ocher, orig. from an island in the Persian Gulf, used in early times as a pigment
- ☆ an impure native iron oxide used by North American Indians as a reddish war paint, and by early American painters
See Indian red in American Heritage Dictionary 4
An iron oxide used as a paint and cosmetic pigment.
Origin: From the fact that earths containing the pigment are found in the East Indies