Definition of Indian yellow in English:

Indian yellow

Pronunciation /ˈindēən ˈyelō/ /ˈɪndiən ˈjɛloʊ/


  • An orange-yellow pigment originally obtained from the urine of cows fed on mango leaves.

    ‘Matching the pigments was another challenge because rich dark brown, made from ground-up Egyptian mummies, and Indian yellow, distilled from cow urine, are now difficult to obtain.’
    • ‘The story of Indian Yellow pigment seems more like myth than fact.’