from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river of south-central Asia rising in southwest Xizang (Tibet) and flowing about 3,057 km (1,900 mi) northwest through northern India and southwest through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea. Its valley was the site of an advanced civilization lasting c. 2500 to 1500 B.C.
  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Tucana and Pavo. Also called Indian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A large river of south-central Asia, rising in Tibet and flowing through Kashmir and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea
  • proper n. A constellation of the southern sky between Grus and Pavo. It commemorates American Indians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ‘Indian,’ a moderately large southern constellation between Grus and Pavo, containing, however, no conspicuous stars, its brightest being only of magnitude 3½.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Asian river that rises in Tibet and flows through northern India and then southwest through Kashmir and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea
  • n. a faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Telescopium and Tucana


Latin Indus, an Indian, from Greek Indos, the Indus River, an Indian; see indigo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Sindus, a Latinization of Hindu, an Iranian variant (cf. Old Persian 𐏃𐎡𐎯𐎢𐏁 (hindūš)) of Sanskrit सिन्धु (síndhu, "river, stream; Indus"). (Wiktionary)
Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Latin Indus, "Indian". (Wiktionary)



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