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Definition: blood clam
n : red-blooded clam
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Definition: Blood clam
(bl[u^]d), n. [OE. blod, blood, AS. bl[=o]d; akin
to D. bloed, OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth. bl[=o][thorn], Icel.
bl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr. the same root as E.
blow to bloom. See Blow
1. The fluid which circulates in the principal vascular
system of animals, carrying nourishment to all parts of
the body, and bringing away waste products to be excreted.
See under Arterial
Note: The blood consists of a liquid, the plasma, containing
minute particles, the blood corpuscles. In the
invertebrate animals it is usually nearly colorless,
and contains only one kind of corpuscles; but in all
vertebrates, except Amphioxus, it contains some
colorless corpuscles, with many more which are red and
give the blood its uniformly red color. See
2. Relationship by descent from a common ancestor;
To share the blood of Saxon royalty. --Sir W.
A friend of our own blood. --Waller.
(Law), relationship through only one parent.
, relationship through both father and mother.
In American Law, blood includes both half blood, and whole
blood. --Bouvier. --Peters.
3. Descent; lineage; especially, honorable birth; the highest
Give us a prince of blood, a son of Priam. --Shak.
I am a gentleman of blood and breeding. --Shak.
4. (Stock Breeding) Descent from parents of recognized breed;
excellence or purity of breed.
Note: In stock breeding half blood is descent showing one
half only of pure breed. Blue blood, full blood, or
warm blood, is the same as blood.
5. The fleshy nature of man.
Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood. --Shak.
6. The shedding of blood; the taking of life, murder;
So wills the fierce, avenging sprite,
Till blood for blood atones. --Hood.
7. A bloodthirsty or murderous disposition. [R.]
He was a thing of blood, whose every motion
Was timed with dying cries. --Shak.
8. Temper of mind; disposition; state of the passions; -- as
if the blood were the seat of emotions.
When you perceive his blood inclined to mirth.
Note: Often, in this sense, accompanied with bad, cold, warm,
or other qualifying word. Thus, to commit an act in
cold blood, is to do it deliberately, and without
sudden passion; to do it in bad blood, is to do it in
anger. Warm blood denotes a temper inflamed or
irritated. To warm or heat the blood is to excite the
passions. Qualified by up, excited feeling or passion
is signified; as, my blood was up.
9. A man of fire or spirit; a fiery spark; a gay, showy man;
Seest thou not . . . how giddily 'a turns about all
the hot bloods between fourteen and five and thirty?
It was the morning costume of a dandy or blood.
10. The juice of anything, especially if red.
He washed . . . his clothes in the blood of grapes.
Note: Blood is often used as an adjective, and as the first
part of self-explaining compound words; as,
blood-bespotted, blood-bought, blood-curdling,
blood-dyed, blood-red, blood-spilling, blood-stained,
(Eccl. Hist.), the martyrdom of those who had
not been baptized. They were considered as baptized in
blood, and this was regarded as a full substitute for
, a blister or bleb containing blood or bloody
serum, usually caused by an injury.
, brother by blood or birth.
(Zo["o]l.), a bivalve mollusk of the genus Arca
and allied genera, esp. Argina pexata
of the American
coast. So named from the color of its flesh.
. See Corpuscle
(Physiol.), one of the crystals formed by the
separation in a crystalline form of the h[ae]moglobin of
the red blood corpuscles; h[ae]matocrystallin. All blood
does not yield blood crystals.
, heat equal to the temperature of human blood,
or about 981/2 [deg] Fahr.
, a horse whose blood or lineage is derived from
the purest and most highly prized origin or stock.
. See in the Vocabulary.
, an orange with dark red pulp.
(Med.), a morbid state of the blood caused
by the introduction of poisonous or infective matters from
without, or the absorption or retention of such as are
produced in the body itself; tox[ae]mia.
, a pudding made of blood and other materials.
, one connected by blood or descent.
. See under Spavin
. See in the Vocabulary.
, the blood of noble or aristocratic families,
which, according to a Spanish prover, has in it a tinge of
blue; -- hence, a member of an old and aristocratic
Flesh and blood
(a) A blood relation, esp. a child.
(b) Human nature.
(Hunting), in a state of perfect health and vigor.
To let blood
. See under Let
Prince of the blood
, the son of a sovereign, or the issue
of a royal family. The sons, brothers, and uncles of the
sovereign are styled princes of the blood royal; and the
daughters, sisters, and aunts are princesses of the blood
(kl[a^]m), n. [Cf. Clamp
, v. t.,
1. (Zo["o]l.) A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially
those that are edible; as, the long clam (Mya arenaria
the quahog or round clam (Venus mercenaria
), the sea
clam or hen clam (Spisula solidissima
), and other
species of the United States. The name is said to have
been given originally to the Tridacna gigas
, a huge East
You shall scarce find any bay or shallow shore, or
cove of sand, where you may not take many clampes,
or lobsters, or both, at your pleasure. --Capt. John
Clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a
cockle; it lieth under the sand. --Wood (1634).
2. (Ship Carp.) Strong pinchers or forceps.
3. pl. (Mech.) A kind of vise, usually of wood.
. See under Blood