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.

<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.

(01 Mar 1998)