india ink

noun, often capitalized 1st I

Definition of india ink

1 : a solid black pigment (such as specially prepared lampblack) used in drawing and lettering
2 : a fluid ink consisting usually of a fine suspension of india ink in a liquid

First Known Use of india ink

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“India ink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/india%20ink. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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