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american indian

  • noun a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
    American Indian; Indian.
  • noun any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
    American Indian; American-Indian language; Amerindian language; Amerind.
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american indian day

  • noun US: the 4th Friday in September
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american-indian language

  • noun any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
    American Indian; American-Indian language; Amerindian language; Amerind.
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anglo-indian

  • noun a person of English citizenship born or living in India
  • adjective relating to British India or the English in India
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buffalo indian

  • noun a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America
    Buffalo Indian.
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carib indian

  • noun a member of an American Indian peoples of northeastern South America and the Lesser Antilles
    Carib.
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east indian

  • noun a native or inhabitant of the East Indies
  • adjective of or relating to or located in the East Indies
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East" In"di*an
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  1. Belonging to, or relating to, the East Indies. -- n. A native of, or a dweller in, the East Indies.
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east indian fig tree

  • noun East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
    banyan; East Indian fig tree; banyan tree; banian tree; banian; Ficus bengalensis.
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east indian rosebay

  • noun tropical shrub having glossy foliage and fragrant nocturnal flowers with crimped or wavy corollas; northern India to Thailand
    coffee rose; crepe jasmine; crepe gardenia; Nero's crown; crape jasmine; Tabernaemontana divaricate; pinwheel flower; Adam's apple.
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east indian rosewood

  • noun East Indian tree having a useful dark purple wood
    East Indian rosewood; Dalbergia latifolia; East India rosewood; Indian blackwood.
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french and indian war

  • noun a war in North America between France and Britain (both aided by American Indian tribes); 1755-1760
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great indian desert

  • noun a desert to the east of the Indus River in northwestern India and southeastern Pakistan
    Thar Desert.
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Indian

  • noun a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
    American Indian; Indian.
  • noun a native or inhabitant of India
  • noun any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
    American Indian; American-Indian language; Amerindian language; Amerind.
  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of India or the East Indies or their peoples or languages or cultures
    • the Indian subcontinent
    • Indian saris
  • adjective of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages
    Native American; Amerind; Amerindic.
    • Native American religions
    • Indian arrowheads
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  • bay (Bot.), a lauraceous tree (Persea Indica).
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indian agent

  • noun a representative of the federal government to American Indian tribes (especially on Indian reservations)
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indian arrowroot

  • noun perennial herb of East Indies to Polynesia and Australia; cultivated for its large edible root yielding Otaheite arrowroot starch
    Tacca leontopetaloides; pia; Tacca pinnatifida.
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indian banyan

  • noun East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks
    banyan; East Indian fig tree; banyan tree; banian tree; banian; Ficus bengalensis.
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Indian bean

  • noun tree of the genus Catalpa with large leaves and white flowers followed by long slender pods
    catalpa.
  • noun perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pea-like flowers followed by maroon pods of edible seeds; grown as an ornamental and as a vegetable on the Indian subcontinent; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos
    hyacinth bean; bonavist; Dolichos lablab; Egyptian bean; Lablab purpureus.
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  • (Bot.), a name of the catalpa.
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indian beech

  • noun evergreen Asiatic tree having glossy pinnate leaves and racemose creamy-white scented flowers; used as a shade tree
    Pongamia glabra.
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indian beet

  • noun stout perennial of eastern and central North America having palmate leaves and showy racemose blue flowers
    Lupinus perennis; sundial lupine; wild lupine; old-maid's bonnet.
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Indian berry

  • . (Bot.) Same as Cocculus indicus.
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indian blackwood

  • noun East Indian tree having a useful dark purple wood
    East Indian rosewood; Dalbergia latifolia; East India rosewood; Indian blackwood.
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indian blanket

  • noun annual of central United States having showy long-stalked yellow flower heads marked with scarlet or purple in the center
    blanket flower; fire-wheel; fire wheel; Gaillardia pulchella.
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Indian bread

  • . (Bot.) Same as Cassava.
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indian breadroot

  • noun densely hairy perennial of central North America having edible tuberous roots
    Psoralea esculenta; pomme de prairie; pomme blanche; breadroot.
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indian buffalo

  • noun upland buffalo of eastern Asia where true water buffaloes do not thrive; used for draft and milk
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indian button fern

  • noun fern of tropical Asia having round buttonlike bulbils
    Tectaria macrodonta.
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indian capital

  • noun the capital of India is a division of the old city of Delhi
    capital of India; New Delhi.
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indian cherry

  • noun deciduous shrub of eastern and central United States having black berrylike fruit; golden-yellow in autumn
    Carolina buckthorn; Rhamnus carolinianus.
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indian chickweed

  • noun annual prostrate mat-forming weed having whorled leaves and small greenish-white flowers; widespread throughout North America
    carpetweed; Molluga verticillata.
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indian chief

  • noun the leader of a group of Native Americans
    Indian chief.
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indian chieftain

  • noun the leader of a group of Native Americans
    Indian chief.
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indian chocolate

  • noun erect perennial of north temperate zone having pinnate leaves and a few nodding flowers with a brown-purple calyx and orange and pink petals
    water avens; purple avens; Geum rivale; chocolate root.
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indian cholera

  • noun an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food
    cholera; Asiatic cholera; epidemic cholera.
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Indian club

  • noun a bottle-shaped club used in exercises
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  • a wooden club, which is swung by the hand for gymnastic exercise.
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indian cobra

  • noun a cobra of tropical Africa and Asia
    Naja naja.
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indian coral tree

  • noun small to medium-sized thorny tree of tropical Asia and northern Australia having dense clusters of scarlet or crimson flowers and black seeds
    Erythrina variegata; Erythrina Indica.
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Indian cordage

  • cordage made of the fibers of cocoanut husk.
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Indian corn

  • noun tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
    maize; corn; Zea mays.
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  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Zea (Z. Mays); the maize, a native of America. See Corn, and Maize.
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Indian cress

  • noun strong-growing annual climber having large flowers of all shades of orange from orange-red to yellowish orange and seeds that are pickled and used like capers
    garden nasturtium; Tropaeolum majus.
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  • (Bot.), nasturtium. See Nasturtium, 2.
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indian crocus

  • noun any of several dwarf orchids of the genus Pleione bearing one or two solitary white or pink to magenta or occasionally yellow flowers with slender stalks
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Indian cucumber

  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Medeola (M. Virginica), a common in woods in the United States. The white rootstock has a taste like cucumbers.
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Indian currant

  • noun North American deciduous shrub cultivated for it abundant clusters of coral-red berrylike fruits
    Symphoricarpos orbiculatus; coralberry.
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  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Symphoricarpus (S. vulgaris), bearing small red berries.
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Indian dye

  • the puccoon.
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indian elephant

  • noun Asian elephant having smaller ears and tusks primarily in the male
    Elephas maximus.
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Indian fig

  • . (Bot.) (a) The banyan. See Banyan. (b) The prickly pear.
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Indian file

  • noun a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
    single file; file.
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  • single file; arrangement of persons in a row following one after another, the usual way among Indians of traversing woods, especially when on the war path.
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Indian fire

  • a pyrotechnic composition of sulphur, niter, and realgar, burning with a brilliant white light.
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indian giver

  • noun an offensive term for someone who asks you to return a present he has given you
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indian grackle

  • noun glossy black Asiatic starling often taught to mimic speech
    hill myna; Gracula religiosa; grackle.
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Indian grass

  • (Bot.), a coarse, high grass (Chrysopogon nutans), common in the southern portions of the United States; wood grass. Gray.
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Indian hemp

  • noun source of e.g. bhang and hashish as well as fiber
    Cannabis indica.
  • noun valuable fiber plant of East Indies now widespread in cultivation
    kanaf; Hibiscus cannabinus; bimli; deccan hemp; Bombay hemp; kenaf; bimli hemp.
  • noun Canadian dogbane yielding a tough fiber used as cordage by Native Americans; used in folk medicine for pain or inflammation in joints
    rheumatism weed; Apocynum cannabinum.
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  • . (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Apocynum (A. cannabinum), having a milky juice, and a tough, fibrous bark, whence the name. The root it used in medicine and is both emetic and cathartic in properties. (b) The variety of common hemp (Cannabis Indica), from which hasheesh is obtained.
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indian lettuce

  • noun a plant of the genus Montia having edible pleasant-tasting leaves
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indian lodge

  • noun any of various Native American dwellings
    lodge.
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indian lotus

  • noun native to eastern Asia; widely cultivated for its large pink or white flowers
    lotus; Nelumbo nucifera; sacred lotus.
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indian madder

  • noun perennial East Indian creeping or climbing herb used for dye in the orient
    Rubia cordifolia; munjeet.
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Indian mallow

  • noun tropical American weed having pale yellow or orange flowers naturalized in southern United States
    Sida spinosa.
  • noun tall annual herb or subshrub of tropical Asia having velvety leaves and yellow flowers and yielding a strong fiber; naturalized in southeastern Europe and United States
    Abutilon theophrasti; velvetleaf; China jute; velvet-leaf; velvetweed; butter-print.
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  • (Bot.), the velvet leaf (Abutilon Avicennæ). See Abutilon.
  • . See Abutilon.
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Indian meal

  • noun coarsely ground corn
    cornmeal.
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  • ground corn or maize. U.S.
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Indian millet

  • noun sorghums of dry regions of Asia and North Africa
    Guinea corn; Egyptian corn; durra; doura; dourah.
  • noun valuable forage grass of dry upland areas and plains of western North America to northern Mexico
    Oryzopsis hymenoides; silk grass; silkgrass; mountain rice.
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  • (Bot.), a tall annual grass (Sorghum vulgare), having many varieties, among which are broom corn, Guinea corn, durra, and the Chinese sugar cane. It is called also Guinea corn. See Durra.
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indian monetary unit

  • noun monetary unit in India
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indian mongoose

  • noun keen-sighted viverrine of southern Asia about the size of a ferret; often domesticated
    Herpestes nyula.
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indian mustard

  • noun Asiatic mustard used as a potherb
    Brassica juncea; chinese mustard; leaf mustard; gai choi.
  • noun leaves eaten as cooked greens
    leaf mustard; mustard; mustard greens.
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indian mutiny

  • noun discontent with British administration in India led to numerous mutinies in 1857 and 1858; the revolt was put down after several battles and sieges (notably the siege at Lucknow)
    Sepoy Mutiny.
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indian ocean

  • noun the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia on the north, Australia on the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean to the south
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Indian ox

  • (Zoöl.), the zebu.
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Indian paint

  • noun perennial North American plant with greyish hairy foliage yielding a red or yellow pigment
    Lithospermum canescens; hoary puccoon.
  • noun European annual with clusters of greenish flowers followed by red pulpy berrylike fruit; naturalized North America
    Chenopodium capitatum; strawberry pigweed; strawberry blite.
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  • . See Bloodroot.
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indian paintbrush

  • noun erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowers
    butterfly weed; pleurisy root; chigger flower; tuber root; chiggerflower; Asclepias tuberosa; orange milkweed.
  • noun any of various plants of the genus Castilleja having dense spikes of hooded flowers with brightly colored bracts
    painted cup.
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Indian paper

  • . See India paper, under India.
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indian pea

  • noun European annual grown for forage; seeds used for food in India and for stock elsewhere
    grass pea; Lathyrus sativus; khesari.
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Indian physic

  • (Bot.), a plant of two species of the genus Gillenia (G. trifoliata, and G. stipulacea), common in the United States, the roots of which are used in medicine as a mild emetic; called also American ipecac, and bowman's root. Gray.
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Indian pink

  • noun tropical American annual climber having red (sometimes white) flowers and finely dissected leaves; naturalized in United States and elsewhere
    Ipomoea quamoclit; star-glory; cypress vine; Quamoclit pennata.
  • noun North American lobelia having brilliant red flowers
    cardinal flower; Lobelia cardinalis.
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  • . (Bot.) (a) The Cypress vine (Ipomoea Quamoclit); so called in the West Indies. (b) See China pink, under China.
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Indian pipe

  • noun small waxy white or pinkish-white saprophytic woodland plant having scalelike leaves and a nodding flower; turns black with age
    waxflower; Monotropa uniflora.
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  • (Bot.), a low, fleshy herb (Monotropa uniflora), growing in clusters in dark woods, and having scalelike leaves, and a solitary nodding flower. The whole plant is waxy white, but turns black in drying.
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Indian plantain

  • noun any of various plants of the genus Cacalia having leaves resembling those of plantain
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  • (Bot.), a name given to several species of the genus Cacalia, tall herbs with composite white flowers, common through the United States in rich woods. Gray.
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Indian poke

  • noun North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemes; yields a toxic alkaloid used medicinally
    white hellebore; American hellebore; Veratrum viride; bugbane.
  • noun pokeweed of southeastern Asia and China
    Phytolacca acinosa.
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  • (Bot.), a plant usually known as the white hellebore (Veratrum viride).
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indian pony

  • noun a small native range horse
    cayuse.
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indian potato

  • noun a North American vine with fragrant blossoms and edible tubers; important food crop of Native Americans
    wild bean; Apios tuberosa; groundnut; Apios americana; potato bean; groundnut vine.
  • noun very tall American perennial of central and the eastern United States to Canada having edible tuberous roots
    tall sunflower; giant sunflower; Helianthus giganteus.
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Indian pudding

  • a pudding of which the chief ingredients are Indian meal, milk, and molasses.
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Indian purple

  • . (a) A dull purple color. (b) The pigment of the same name, intensely blue and black.
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indian python

  • noun very large python of southeast Asia
    Python molurus.
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indian race

  • noun sometimes included in the Caucasian race; native to the subcontinent of India
  • noun usually included in the Mongoloid race
    Amerindian race.
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indian rat snake

  • noun enter buildings in pursuit of prey
    Ptyas mucosus.
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indian rattlebox

  • noun erect subshrub having purple-tinted flowers and an inflated pod in which the ripe seeds rattle; India
    Crotalaria spectabilis.
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Indian red

  • noun a red pigment composed in part from ferric oxide which is often used in paints and cosmetics
  • noun a red soil containing ferric oxide; often used as a pigment
  • noun a reddish-brown color resembling the red soil used as body paint by American Indians
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  • . (a) A purplish red earth or pigment composed of a silicate of iron and alumina, with magnesia. It comes from the Persian Gulf. Called also Persian red. (b) See Almagra.
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indian relish

  • noun a spicy condiment made of chopped fruits or vegetables cooked in vinegar and sugar with ginger and spices
    chutney.
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indian reservation

  • noun a reservation set aside for the use of Indians
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indian rhinoceros

  • noun having one horn
    Rhinoceros unicornis.
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indian rhododendron

  • noun evergreen spreading shrub of India and southeastern Asia having large purple flowers
    Melastoma malabathricum.
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indian rhubarb

  • noun rhizomatous perennial herb with large dramatic peltate leaves and white to bright pink flowers in round heads on leafless stems; colonizes stream banks in the Sierra Nevada in California
    Peltiphyllum peltatum; umbrella plant; Darmera peltata.
  • noun Asian herb (Himalayas)
    red-veined pie plant; Rheum australe; Himalayan rhubarb; Rheum emodi.
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Indian rice

  • noun grains of aquatic grass of North America
    wild rice.
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  • (Bot.), a reedlike water grass. See Rice.
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indian rosewood

  • noun East Indian tree having a useful dark purple wood
    East Indian rosewood; Dalbergia latifolia; East India rosewood; Indian blackwood.
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indian rupee

  • noun the basic unit of money in India; equal to 100 paise
    rupee.
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indian salad

  • noun showy perennial herb with white flowers; leaves sometimes used as edible greens in southeastern United States
    John's cabbage; Shawnee salad; Hydrophyllum virginianum; shawny; Virginia waterleaf.
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indian senna

  • noun erect shrub having racemes of tawny yellow flowers; the dried leaves are used medicinally as a cathartic; sometimes placed in genus Cassia
    tinnevelly senna; Alexandria senna; Alexandrian senna; Cassia augustifolia; true senna; Senna alexandrina; Cassia acutifolia.
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Indian shot

  • noun canna grown especially for its edible rootstock from which arrowroot starch is obtained
    Canna edulis; Canna indica; arrowroot; achira.
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  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Canna (C. Indica). The hard black seeds are as large as swan shot. See Canna.
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Indian summer

  • noun a period of unusually warm weather in the autumn
    Saint Martin's summer.
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  • in the United States, a period of warm and pleasant weather occurring late in autumn. See under Summer.
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indian tapir

  • noun a tapir found in Malaya and Sumatra
    Malayan tapir; Tapirus indicus.
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indian tick fever

  • noun a disease (common in India and around the Mediterranean area) caused by a rickettsia that is transmitted to humans by a reddish brown tick (ixodid) that lives on dogs and other mammals
    Kenya fever; boutonneuse fever; Marseilles fever.
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Indian tobacco

  • noun tobacco plant of South America and Mexico
    wild tobacco; Nicotiana rustica.
  • noun North American wild lobelia having small blue flowers and inflated capsules formerly used as an antispasmodic
    bladderpod; Lobelia inflata.
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  • (Bot.), a species of Lobelia. See Lobelia.
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indian trail

  • noun a trail through the wilderness worn by Amerindians
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Indian turnip

  • noun common American spring-flowering woodland herb having sheathing leaves and an upright club-shaped spadix with overarching green and purple spathe producing scarlet berries
    Arisaema atrorubens; wake-robin; jack-in-the-pulpit; Arisaema triphyllum.
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  • (Bot.), an American plant of the genus Arisæma. 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.
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Indian wheat

  • maize or Indian corn.
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Indian yellow

  • . (a) An intense rich yellow color, deeper than gamboge but less pure than cadmium. (b) See Euxanthin.
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paleo-indian

  • noun a member of the Paleo-American peoples who were the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America during the late Pleistocene epoch
    Paleo-American; Paleo-Amerind.
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paleo-indian culture

  • noun the prehistoric culture of the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America
    Paleo-Amerind culture; Paleo-American culture.
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plains indian

  • noun a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America
    Buffalo Indian.
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red indian

  • noun a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
    American Indian; Indian.
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south american indian

  • noun a member of a native Indian group in South America
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west indian

  • noun a native or inhabitant of the West Indies
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West` In"di*an
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  1. A native of, or a dweller in, the West Indies.
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west indian cherry

  • noun tropical American shrub bearing edible acid red fruit resembling cherries
    acerola; Malpighia glabra; barbados cherry; Surinam cherry.
  • noun acid red or yellow cherry-like fruit of a tropical American shrub very rich in vitamin C
    acerola; barbados cherry; surinam cherry.
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west indian jasmine

  • noun tall sparingly branched conical tree having large fragrant yellow flowers with white centers
    Plumeria alba; pagoda tree.
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west indian satinwood

  • noun West Indian tree with smooth lustrous and slightly oily wood
    Zanthoxylum flavum; satinwood.
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west indian smallpox

  • noun a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
    milk pox; pseudovariola; Kaffir pox; pseudosmallpox; variola minor; Cuban itch; white pox; alastrim.
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west indian snowberry

  • noun evergreen climbing shrub of southern Florida and West Indies grown for its racemes of fragrant white to creamy flowers followed by globose white succulent berries
    Chiococca alba; blolly.
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