Indian file

Indian file
Indian In"di*an (?; 277), a. [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. {Hindu}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to India proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the West Indies. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to the aborigines, or Indians, of America; as, Indian wars; the Indian tomahawk. [1913 Webster]

3. Made of maize or Indian corn; as, Indian corn, Indian meal, Indian bread, and the like. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

{Indian} bay (Bot.), a lauraceous tree ({Persea Indica}).

{Indian bean} (Bot.), a name of the catalpa.

{Indian berry}. (Bot.) Same as {Cocculus indicus}.

{Indian bread}. (Bot.) Same as {Cassava}.

{Indian club}, a wooden club, which is swung by the hand for gymnastic exercise.

{Indian cordage}, cordage made of the fibers of cocoanut husk.

{Indian cress} (Bot.), nasturtium. See {Nasturtium}, 2.

{Indian cucumber} (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.

{Indian currant} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Symphoricarpus} ({Symphoricarpus vulgaris}), bearing small red berries.

{Indian dye}, the puccoon.

{Indian fig}. (Bot.) (a) The banyan. See {Banyan}. (b) The prickly pear.

{Indian file}, 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.

{Indian fire}, a pyrotechnic composition of sulphur, niter, and realgar, burning with a brilliant white light.

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

{Indian hemp}. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus {Apocynum} ({Apocynum 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.

{Indian mallow} (Bot.), the velvet leaf ({Abutilon Avicenn[ae]}). See {Abutilon}.

{Indian meal}, ground corn or maize. [U.S.]

{Indian millet} (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}.

{Indian ox} (Zo["o]l.), the zebu.

{Indian paint}. See {Bloodroot}.

{Indian paper}. See {India paper}, under {India}.

{Indian physic} (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}. --Gray.

{Indian pink}. (Bot.) (a) The Cypress vine ({Ipom[oe]a Quamoclit}); -- so called in the West Indies. (b) See {China pink}, under {China}.

{Indian pipe} (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.

{Indian plantain} (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.

{Indian poke} (Bot.), a plant usually known as the {white hellebore} ({Veratrum viride}).

{Indian pudding}, a pudding of which the chief ingredients are Indian meal, milk, and molasses.

{Indian purple}. (a) A dull purple color. (b) The pigment of the same name, intensely blue and black.

{Indian red}. (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}.

{Indian rice} (Bot.), a reedlike water grass. See {Rice}.

{Indian shot} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Canna} ({Canna Indica}). The hard black seeds are as large as swan shot. See {Canna}.

{Indian summer}, in the United States, a period of warm and pleasant weather occurring late in autumn. See under {Summer}.

{Indian tobacco} (Bot.), a species of {Lobelia}. See {Lobelia}.

{Indian turnip} (Bot.), an American plant of the genus {Aris[ae]ma}. {Aris[ae]ma 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}. (a) An intense rich yellow color, deeper than gamboge but less pure than cadmium. (b) See {Euxanthin}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Indian file — File File (f[imac]l), n. [F. file row (cf. Pr., Sp., Pg., & It. fila), LL. fila, fr. L. filum a thread. Cf. {Enfilade}, {Filament}, {Fillet}.] 1. An orderly succession; a line; a row; as: (a) (Mil.) A row of soldiers ranged one behind another; in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indian file — If people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Indian file — noun uncount OLD FASHIONED a line of people, with each person walking behind another. The usual word is now single file …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Indian file — ► NOUN ▪ single file …   English terms dictionary

  • Indian file — ☆ Indian file n. SINGLE FILE: from the notion of Amerindian people s way of walking along a trail …   English World dictionary

  • Indian file — noun Date: 1758 single file • Indian file adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Indian file — noun (U) if people walk in Indian file, they walk one behind another; single file …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • indian file —    If people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Indian file —   If people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Indian file — noun a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other • Syn: ↑file, ↑single file • Derivationally related forms: ↑file (for: ↑file) • Hypernyms: ↑line …   Useful english dictionary

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