Definition of Indian pink in US English:

Indian pink

noun

  • 1A perennial flowering pink, Dianthus chinensis; = "China-pink".

  • 2North American. The pinkroot, Spigelia marilandica (family Loganiaceae), found in moist woodland areas of the south-eastern United States, having red tubular flowers and a root which was formerly used as an anthelmintic.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Evelyn (1620–1706), diarist and writer. From Indian + pink.

Pronunciation

Indian pink

/ˌɪndɪən ˈpɪŋk/