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Indian red

earth of a yellowish-red color, found especially in the Persian Gulf, that serves as a pigment and as a polish for gold and silver objects.
a pigment of that color prepared by oxidizing the salts of iron.
Origin of Indian red
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The dark-skinned captain became indian-red in the face from suppressed laughter.

    The Battery and the Boiler R.M. Ballantyne
  • Here was a student from the West, with his dark eye and coal-black hair, and indian-red cheeks.

  • String a large indian-red bead on each end and tie a knot to keep it from falling off.

  • The stranger, on his part, saw a rather more than commonly charming Georgiana, on account of the indian-red silk frock.

    Under the Country Sky Grace S. Richmond
  • As for Goff, he has a huge shining bald forehead, and immense bristling indian-red whiskers.

    Men's Wives William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Mr Rokens flushed a deep indian-red, and his nose assumed a warm blue colour instantly.

    The Red Eric R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for indian-red

Indian red

a red pigment containing ferric oxide, used in paints and cosmetics and produced by oxidizing iron salts
a type of red soil containing ferric oxide, found in S Asia and used as a pigment and metal polish
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