Indian-red meaning

An iron oxide used as a paint and cosmetic pigment.
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A yellowish-red ocher, originally from an island in the Persian Gulf, used in early times as a pigment.
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An impure native iron oxide used by North American Indians as a reddish war paint, and by early American painters.
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Any of a variety of red or purple pigments containing ferric oxide, found in natural earth or made by chemical methods.
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The colour of Indian red pigment: a variety of dark, purplish reds.
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Having the colour of Indian red pigment.
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Origin of indian-red

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary