or expurgatory index, is a catalogue of books from which passages marked as against faith or morals
must be removed before Catholics can read them. These catalogues are published with additions, from
time to time, by the Congregation of the Index, composed of cardinals, theologians, etc., under the sanction
of the pope. Hook. Index rerum [L.], a tabulated and alphabetized notebook, for systematic preservation
of items, quotations, etc.
(In"dex) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Indexed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Indexing.] To provide with an index or
table of references; to put into an index; as, to index a book, or its contents.
(In"dex*er) n. One who makes an index.
(In*dex"ic*al) a. Of, pertaining to, or like, an index; having the form of an index.
(In*dex"ic*al*ly), adv. In the manner of an index.
(In`dex*ter"i*ty) n. [Pref. in- not + dexterity: cf. F. indextérité.] Want of dexterity or readiness,
especially in the use of the hands; clumsiness; awkwardness. Harvey.
India ink, a nearly black pigment brought chiefly from China, used for water colors. It is in rolls, or
in square, and consists of lampblack or ivory black and animal glue. Called also China ink. The true
India ink is sepia. See Sepia. India matting, floor matting made in China, India, etc., from grass
and reeds; also called Canton, or China, matting. India paper, a variety of Chinese paper, of
smooth but not glossy surface, used for printing from engravings, woodcuts, etc. India proof (Engraving),
a proof impression from an engraved plate, taken on India paper. - - India rubber. See
Caoutchouc. India-rubber tree (Bot.), any tree yielding caoutchouc, but especially the East Indian
Ficus elastica, often cultivated for its large, shining, elliptical leaves.
(In"di*a) n. [See Indian.] A country in Southern Asia; the two peninsulas of Hither and Farther
India; in a restricted sense, Hither India, or Hindostan.
(In*di"a*dem), v. t. To place or set in a diadem, as a gem or gems.
(In"di*a*man) n.; pl. Indiamen A large vessel in the India trade. Macaulay.
(In"di*an) 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. Hindoo.]
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. [U.S.]
Indian bay (Bot.), a lauraceous tree 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 corn (Bot.), a plant of the genus Zea (Z. Mays); the maize,
a native of America. See Corn, and Maize. Indian cress (Bot.), nasturtium. See Nasturtium, 2.
Indian cucumber (Bot.), a plant of the genus Medeola 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
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 common in the southern portions of the United
States; wood grass. Gray. Indian hemp. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Apocynum having a