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An abbreviation for East India.

1) E.I was commonly used as a descriptive term for hides and skins tanned in the southern part of India, near Madras (Roberts and Etherington 1982).

2) E.I. was also used for products sold by the East India company which traded with India, southeast Asia and the islands of the East Indies. Major products included spices, tea, rosewood and natural resins that were similar to dammar and copal.

Synonyms and Related Terms

East India

Resources and Citations

  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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