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India ink

noun, (sometimes lowercase)
a black pigment consisting of lampblack mixed with glue or size.
a liquid ink from this.
Also called Chinese ink.
Origin of India ink
1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This process, however, utterly failed in all india-ink drawings.

    Outdoor Sketching Francis Hopkinson Smith
  • I have had this paper translated into English and illustrated by india-ink drawings.

    The Swastika Thomas Wilson
  • The face of the Colonel was made by painting an entire set of features on the forehead with india-ink.

    The Art of Amusing Frank Bellew
  • Milly noticed the drawing-paper and the india-ink bottle on the table.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • They should be marked with india-ink in large, plain figures.

  • The finest picture in his collection is an elaborate india-ink drawing of the village.

    History of American Socialisms John Humphrey Noyes
  • Many libraries have bound books in light-colored cloth, usually art vellum, and then lettered them by hand with india-ink.

  • They are of a dirty green, like the color produced by mixing india-ink and yellow ochre, with darker patches here and there.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • She sat puzzling over some French verbs one rainy day, while Emma brought out her cathedral that she was doing in india-ink.

    Kathie's Soldiers Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The Japanese artist makes his little world,—often nothing but an india-ink world,—but its occupants live within it.

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