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Indian

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Indian

1. Of or pertaining to india proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the west indies.

2. Of or pertaining to the aborigines, or indians, of America; as, indian wars; the indian tomahawk.

3. Made of maize or indian corn; as, indian corn, indian meal, indian bread, and the like.

(Science: botany) indian bay, an American plant of the genus Arisaema. A. Triphyllum has a wrinkled farinaceous root resembling a small turnip, but with a very acrid juice. See jack in the Pulpit, and wake-robin. Indian wheat, maize or indian corn. Indian yellow. An intense rich yellow colour, deeper than gamboge but less pure than cadmium. See euxanthin.

Origin: From india, and this fr. Indus, the name of a river in asia, L. Indus, gr, OPers. Hindu, name of the land on the Indus, Skr. Sindhu river, the Indus. Cf. Hindoo.