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Indian and Hindu are English words that are often confused.

The term Indian differs from, but also has points in common with, Hindu. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "Indian" as "a native or inhabitant of India or of the East Indies."[1] The term can also be used for "American Indians," which the dictionary defines as "a member of any of the Indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere except often certain peoples (such as the Yupik and Inuit) who live in arctic regions."[2]

On the other hand, "Hindu" is defined as "an adherent of Hinduism," but in a second meaning it also refers to "a native or inhabitant of India."[3]

Many of the Wiki's articles use the term Hindu with the double meaning of adherent to Hinduism and native of India. Indian is also used, also with the dual meaning of native of India and of the indigenous tribes of the Americas.

See also

The Free Dictionary Indian [1] Hindu [2]