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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to India or the East Indies or to their peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • adjective Of or relating to any of the Native American peoples except the Eskimos, Aleuts, and Inuits.
  • noun A native or inhabitant of India or of the East Indies.
  • noun A person of Indian or East Indian ancestry.
  • noun A member of any of the Native American peoples except the Eskimos, Aleuts, and Inuits.
  • noun Any of the languages of these peoples.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To prowl about or live like an Indian.
  • Of, pertaining, or relating to India or to the Indies (now specifically called the East Indies in distinction from the West Indies), or to the languages of India.
  • Pertaining or relating
  • originally to the West Indies or their inhabitants;
  • now, in an extended sense, to the whole race of American Indians or aborigines: as, Indian arrows; an Indian blanket; an Indian name.
  • Made of maize or Indian corn: as, Indian meal; Indian bread.
  • A baked, boiled, or steamed pudding made with Indian meal, molasses, and suet, and in New England in former times almost universally, and still quite extensively, forming a part of the Sunday dinner.
  • noun A member of one of the native races of India or the East Indies; an East Indian.
  • noun A European who resides or has resided in the East Indies; an Anglo-Indian.
  • noun An aboriginal native of North or South America: so named by Columbus and other early navigators, who thought that the lands discovered by them were parts of India. In English writers of the sixteenth century this name is confined to those tribes with whom the Spaniards came in contact; after 1600 it is applied also to the aboriginal inhabitants of North America generally.
  • Large, flat cakes made of cassava meal and then roasted. Sec cassava, 2.
  • noun A native of Australia or New Zealand, or of Polynesia.
  • noun Any native language of America. See Amerindian.
  • noun A constellation (Indus) lying between Sagittarius and the south pole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A native or inhabitant of India.
  • noun One of the aboriginal inhabitants of America; -- so called originally from the supposed identity of America with India.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to India proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the West Indies.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the aborigines, or Indians, of America
  • adjective U.S. Made of maize or Indian corn.
  • adjective (Bot.) a lauraceous tree (Persea Indica).
  • adjective (Bot.) a name of the catalpa.
  • adjective (Bot.) Same as Cocculus indicus.
  • adjective (Bot.) Same as Cassava.
  • adjective a wooden club, which is swung by the hand for gymnastic exercise.
  • adjective cordage made of the fibers of cocoanut husk.
  • adjective (Bot.) nasturtium. See Nasturtium, 2.
  • adjective (Bot.) a plant of the genus Medeola (Medeola Virginica), a common in woods in the United States. The white rootstock has a taste like cucumbers.
  • adjective (Bot.) a plant of the genus Symphoricarpus (Symphoricarpus vulgaris), bearing small red berries.
  • adjective the puccoon.
  • adjective (Bot.) The prickly pear.
  • adjective 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.
  • adjective a pyrotechnic composition of sulphur, niter, and realgar, burning with a brilliant white light.
  • adjective (Bot.) a coarse, high grass (Chrysopogon nutans), common in the southern portions of the United States; wood grass.
  • adjective (Bot.) The variety of common hemp (Cannabis Indica), from which hasheesh is obtained.
  • adjective (Bot.) the velvet leaf (Abutilon Avicennæ). See Abutilon.
  • adjective [U.S.] ground corn or maize.
  • adjective (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.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) the zebu.
  • adjective See Bloodroot.
  • adjective See India paper, under India.
  • adjective (Bot.) a plant of two species of the genus Gillenia (Gillenia trifoliata, and Gillenia 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.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Noun: 1495 Yndeens or Indes, 1548 Indyans, 1553 Indians, 1611 Indian. Adjective: 1566. India +‎ -an.

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