Indian-red Definition

A yellowish-red ocher, originally from an island in the Persian Gulf, used in early times as a pigment.
Webster's New World
An impure native iron oxide used by North American Indians as a reddish war paint, and by early American painters.
Webster's New World
The colour of Indian red pigment: a variety of dark, purplish reds.
Having the colour of Indian red pigment.

Origin of Indian-red

  • 1672 pigment, c. 1810–27 colour and adjective. Indian + red, the pigment originally being an earth obtained from the East Indies.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the fact that earths containing the pigment are found in the East Indies

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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