Cuttlefish ink

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Description

The dark liquid from the ink sac of a cuttlefish, which is a mollusk of the family Sepiidae. Cuttlefish ink was the principal ink of the ancient Romans (Mayer 1969).

See also sepia

Synonyms and Related Terms

sepia; inchiostro di seppia (It.); India ink; Roman sepia; cuttlefish ink

Additional Information

R. Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row, New York, 1969.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976