Definition of Indian ink in English:

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Indian ink

(North American also India ink)


[mass noun]
Deep black ink containing dispersed carbon particles, used especially in drawing and technical graphics.
Example sentences
  • When the blood was examined under the microscope a few minutes after the intravenous injection of India ink, distinct black particles of carbon were seen floating among the blood corpuscles.
  • The reliability of carbon particles from India ink as markers of cell expansion was an early concern in this study.
  • The student applies black India ink with a small paintbrush to the 1/8-inch line or narrow space between the blocks of oil pastel.


Mid 17th century: originally applied to Chinese and Japanese pigments prepared in solid blocks and imported to Europe via India.

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