India ink

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:
1655–65

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Indian ink or esp (US and Canadian) India ink
 
n
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
 
India ink or esp (US and Canadian) India ink
 
n

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