from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. one of the American Indians; -- so called from his color.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A holocentroid fish, Holocentrus ascensionis, of a brilliant reddish color.
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- n. (slang) offensive term for Native Americans
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The red man is satisfied with the gifts to him of the Great Spirit; and he did not know there was a white man who had other gifts for his different nature, until he came in his winged canoes across the great water, and our fathers met him at Yamacrow.
Lost Indian Magic: a mystery story of the red man as he lived before the white men came. by Grace Purdie Moon (1877-1947)
The wilderness had always been his dwelling – in the land he had left, his early days had been passed in hunting the red deer or the red man on the Prairie fields – there, with the true spirit of the old American, he had learned to treat the Indian as "varment," although a kindlier feeling was awakened towards them in this country, where white as well as red were recipients of England's bounty, and many a tale of wild pathos or dark horror has he told of the experience of his youth with the people of the wild.
The tenants of the wilderness shrunk deeper within its bounds with every changing moon; the wild creatures fled away within the receding shades of the forest, and the red man followed on their track; his day of power was gone, his hour of pitiless revenge had passed, and the last echoes of the war-whoop were dying away forever among these hills, when the pale-faces laid their hearth-stones by the lake shore.