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Red Indian

noun, Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
Origin of Red Indian
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Dick's mother followed him obediently, and was very red-indian.

  • It was butcher's work, quick and skilful, like red-indian scalping.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • Pemmican—that early form of potted meat so familiar to the readers of red-indian romances—was made of the lean meat of the bison.

    Pioneers in Canada Sir Harry Johnston
  • To think that you are tied hard and fast—irrevocably—to—a red-indian—a painted savage—a Hottentot.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • Such horrible shrieks and appalling yells would startle a red-indian war-whoop into fits.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for red-indian

Red Indian

noun, adjective
an old-fashioned name, now considered highly offensive, for Native American
Word Origin
see redskin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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