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Definition: blue blood
n : a member of the aristocracy [syn: aristocrat
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Definition: Blue blood
(bl[=u]), a. [Compar. Bluer
.] [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black,
fr. Icel.bl[=a]r livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl[*a],
D. blauw, OHG. bl[=a]o, G. blau; but influenced in form by F.
bleu, from OHG. bl[=a]o.]
1. Having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it,
whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue
as a sapphire; blue violets. “The blue firmament.”
2. Pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence,
of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence
of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air
was blue with oaths.
3. Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue.
4. Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as,
thongs looked blue. [Colloq.]
5. Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour
religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals;
inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality;
as, blue laws.
6. Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of
The ladies were very blue and well informed.
. See Crocidolite
, of, or having, a very dark blue color, almost
. See under Blood
(Zo["o]l.), a small South African antelope
); also applied to a larger
species ([AE]goceras leucoph[ae]us
); the blaubok.
(Zo["o]l.), the buffalo cod.
(Zo["o]l.), the common edible crab of the
Atlantic coast of the United States (Callinectes hastatus
(Bot.), a common plant (Trichostema dichotomum
), resembling pennyroyal, and hence called also
, apparitions supposed to be seen by persons
suffering with delirium tremens
; hence, very low
spirits. “Can Gumbo shut the hall door upon blue devils,
or lay them all in a red sea of claret?”
. See under Gage
, a plum.
, an Australian myrtaceous tree (Eucalyptus globulus
), of the loftiest proportions, now cultivated in
tropical and warm temperate regions for its timber, and as
a protection against malaria. The essential oil is
beginning to be used in medicine. The timber is very
useful. See Eucalyptus
, Blue stone
, blue vitriol; sulphate of copper.
, a man-of war's man; a sailor wearing a naval
. See under Jaundice
, a name first used in the eighteenth century to
describe certain supposititious laws of extreme rigor
reported to have been enacted in New Haven; hence, any
puritanical laws. [U. S.]
, a composition which burns with a brilliant blue
flame; -- used in pyrotechnics and as a night signal at
sea, and in military operations.
(Her.), one of the four pursuivants of the
English college of arms; -- so called from the color of
his official robes.
, a preparation of mercury from which is formed
the blue pill. --McElrath.
or Blue mould
, the blue fungus (Aspergillus glaucus
) which grows on cheese. --Brande & C.
(a) a Monday following a Sunday of dissipation, or itself
given to dissipation (as the Monday before Lent).
(b) a Monday considered as depressing because it is a
workday in contrast to the relaxation of the weekend.
(Med.), mercurial ointment.
(British Marine), a blue flag with a white
square in the center, used as a signal for sailing, to
recall boats, etc. It is a corruption of blue repeater,
one of the British signal flags.
(a) A pill of prepared mercury, used as an aperient, etc.
(b) Blue mass.
(a) The ribbon worn by members of the order of the Garter;
-- hence, a member of that order.
(b) Anything the attainment of which is an object of great
ambition; a distinction; a prize. ``These
[scholarships] were the --blue ribbon of the
(c) The distinctive badge of certain temperance or total
abstinence organizations, as of the --Blue ribbon
, utter ruin; also, gin. [Eng. Slang] --Carlyle.
(Min.), azure spar; lazulite. See Lazulite
(Zo["o]l.), a European and Asiatic thrush
. See Verditer
(Chem.), sulphate of copper, a violet blue
crystallized salt, used in electric batteries, calico
, the open ocean.
, the International Business Machines corporation.
[Wall Street slang.] PJC
To look blue
, to look disheartened or dejected.
, genuine and thorough; not modified, nor mixed;
not spurious; specifically, of uncompromising
Presbyterianism, blue being the color adopted by the
For his religion . . .
'T was Presbyterian, true blue. --Hudibras.
Blue blood \Blue blood\
1. a member of the nobility or aristocracy, or a person of
high social status.
2. the quality of status that qualifies one as a blue blood
; -- used metaphorically, as “They have blue blood
in their veins.”
(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