1. Money paid to the next of kin of a person who has been killed by another.
2. Money obtained as the price, or at the cost, of another's life; said of a reward for supporting a capital
charge, of money obtained for betraying a fugitive or for committing murder, or of money obtained from
the sale of that which will destroy the purchaser.
(Blood"root`) n. (Bot.) A plant with a red root and red sap, and bearing a pretty, white flower
in early spring; called also puccoon, redroot, bloodwort, tetterwort, turmeric, and Indian paint. It
has acrid emetic properties, and the rootstock is used as a stimulant expectorant. See Sanguinaria.
In England the name is given to the tormentil, once used as a remedy for dysentery.
(Blood"shed`) n. [Blood + shed] The shedding or spilling of blood; slaughter; the act of shedding
human blood, or taking life, as in war, riot, or murder.
(Blood"shed`der) n. One who sheds blood; a manslayer; a murderer.
(Blood"shed`ding) n. Bloodshed. Shak.
(Blood"shot`) a. [Blood + shot, p. p. of shoot to variegate.] Red and inflamed; suffused
with blood, or having the vessels turgid with blood, as when the conjunctiva is inflamed or irritated.
His eyes were bloodshot, . . . and his hair disheveled.
(Blood"-shot`ten) a. Bloodshot. [Obs.]
(Blood"stick") n. (Far.) A piece of hard wood loaded at one end with lead, and used to
strike the fleam into the vein. Youatt.
(Blood"stone`) n. (Min.) (a) A green siliceous stone sprinkled with red jasper, as if with
blood; hence the name; called also heliotrope. (b) Hematite, an ore of iron yielding a blood red powder
(Blood"stroke`) n. [Cf. F. coup de sang.] Loss of sensation and motion from hemorrhage
or congestion in the brain. Dunglison.
1. (Zoöl.) Any animal that sucks blood; esp., the leech and related species.
2. One who sheds blood; a cruel, bloodthirsty man; one guilty of bloodshed; a murderer. [Obs.] Shak.
3. A hard and exacting master, landlord, or money lender; an extortioner.
(Blood"thirst`y) a. Eager to shed blood; cruel; sanguinary; murderous. Blood"thirst`i*ness
(Blood"ulf) n. (Zoöl.) The European bullfinch.
(Blood" ves`sel) (Anat.) Any vessel or canal in which blood circulates in an animal, as an
artery or vein.
(Blood"wite` Blood"wit`) n. [AS. blwite; bld blood, + wite wite, fine.] (Anc. Law) A fine or
amercement paid as a composition for the shedding of blood; also, a riot wherein blood was spilled.