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Definition: Flesh and blood
(fl[e^]sh), n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. fl[=ae]sc;
akin to OFries. fl[=a]sk, D. vleesch, OS. fl[=e]sk, OHG.
fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw.
1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which
cover the framework of bones in man and other animals;
especially, the muscles.
Note: In composition it is mainly proteinaceous, but contains
in adition a large number of low-molecular-weight
subtances, such as creatin, xanthin, hypoxanthin,
carnin, etc. It is also rich in potassium phosphate.
2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat;
especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as
distinguished from fish
With roasted flesh, or milk, and wastel bread.
3. The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the
As if this flesh, which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable. --Shak.
4. The human eace; mankind; humanity.
All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
--Gen. vi. 12.
5. Human nature:
(a) In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness.
There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.
(b) In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical
pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality.
(c) (Theol.) The character under the influence of animal
propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by
6. Kindred; stock; race.
He is our brother and our flesh. --Gen. xxxvii.
7. The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a
root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten.
Note: Flesh is often used adjectively or self-explaining
compounds; as, flesh broth or flesh-broth; flesh brush
or fleshbrush; flesh tint or flesh-tint; flesh wound.
After the flesh
, after the manner of man; in a gross or
earthly manner. “Ye judge after the flesh.”
An arm of flesh
, human strength or aid.
Flesh and blood
. See under Blood
, broth made by boiling flesh in water.
(Zo["o]l.), one of several species of flies whose
larv[ae] or maggots feed upon flesh, as the bluebottle
fly; -- called also meat fly
, carrion fly
. See Blowly
, animal food. --Swift.
, the side of a skin or hide which was next to
the flesh; -- opposed to grain side
(Painting), a color used in painting to imitate
the hue of the living body.
(Zo["o]l.), any insect larva of a flesh fly. See
. See under Proud
To be one flesh
, to be closely united as in marriage; to
become as one person. --Gen. ii. 24.
(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