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India ink

noun, (sometimes lowercase)
1.
a black pigment consisting of lampblack mixed with glue or size.
2.
a liquid ink from this.
Also called Chinese ink.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65
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British Dictionary definitions for India ink

Indian ink

noun
1.
a black pigment made from a mixture of lampblack and a binding agent such as gelatine or glue: usually formed into solid cakes and sticks
2.
a black liquid ink made from this pigment
Also called China ink, Chinese ink
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