Definition of Indian ink noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Indian ink

BrE BrE//ˌɪndiən ˈɪŋk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndiən ˈɪŋk//
(also India ink) [uncountable]
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a very black ink used in drawing and technical drawing Word Originmid 17th cent.: originally applied to Chinese and Japanese pigments prepared in solid blocks and imported to Europe via India.