blue blood

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blue blood a member of the aristocracy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
    • Blue blood a member of the nobility or aristocracy, or a person of high social status.
    • Blue blood See under Blood.
    • Blue blood the quality of status that qualifies one as a blue blood; -- used metaphorically, as “They have blue blood in their veins.”.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The blue whale has a heart the size of a small car and its blood vessal is so broad, that a person could swim through it.
    • Blue blood aristocratic blood—the sangre azul of the Spanish hidalgoes
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Idioms

Blue blood - Someone with blue blood is royalty.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. blew—O. Fr. bleu, of Teut. origin; as also Scand. blá, which gave M. E. bla, blo, and modern blae.

Usage

In literature:

They may be counted in leukaemic blood with the aid of the triacid or eosine-methylene blue stain.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich
They recognised it, I saw, and they, whose blood was as blue as hers, responded generously to the call.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
The larches were old and ragged and brown with clustering cones, and the blue blood of the denizens had grown a little sluggish.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
But Bob's blue eyes, while attractive enough in his brown face, would preclude any idea that he might have Indian blood.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
Your deity is the deity of foreign aristocracies; analyze the blue blood of Spain!
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The boys say he's sure got blood in his eye and is cussing you out a blue streak.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
A good deal of blue blood flowed in their veins.
"East Anglia Personal Recollections and Historical Associations" by J. Ewing Ritchie
I've never had any traffic wid any but the blue bloods, an' now look at me.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
I don't feel myself to be a blue-blooded person at all.
"Aliens" by William McFee
There was blue blood in the girl!
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
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In poetry:

Tumult and roaring of the incessant gun;
Dead men and dying, trenches lost and won;
Blood, mud, and havoc, bugles, shoutings, cries;
And over all the blue embracing skies.
"Here and There" by Francis William Bourdillon
Idle boast the strong pass is a wall of iron,
With firm strides we are crossing its summit.
We are crossing its summit,
The rolling hills sea-blue,
The dying sun blood-red.
"Loushan Pass" by Mao Zedong
With thy sea-wide sway
Thou hast might for aye,
Fjords of blue convey thy life-blood through our country.
Norway's spirit thou
Dost with joy endow,—
Great thy past, no less thy future great.
"Bergen" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
For Max, thy brother-dog, began
To flag, and feel his narrowing span.
And cold, besides, his blue blood ran,
Since, 'gainst the classes, He heard, of late, the Grand Old Man Incite the masses.
"Kaiser Dead" by Matthew Arnold
"Yestreen along the waterside I saw my captain go,
A weary and a broken man, with lagging step and slow;
Salt was his blood as the salt tide and restless as the sea,
And like the sea the wild blue eye that there did gaze on me."
"The Last Of The Sealing Fleet" by Cicely Fox Smith
For matchless speed and beauty and pride of blood and bone
The bushmen of the Border had marked us as their own.
All day they planned their stockyards and set their blue-gum bars,
All night they wrought our capture as they dreamed beneath the stars.
"The Outlaw" by William Henry Ogilvie

In news:

Bridget Moynihan, left, and Donnie Wahlberg of the CBS series "Blue Bloods," arrive for the 40th International Emmy Awards, Monday, Nov 19, 2012 in New York.
'Blue Bloods' actor Wahlberg hopes co-star Esposito is 'doing good'.
The interior is every bit as luxurious as that of a European blue-blood or a Lexus, maybe even more so.
'Blue Bloods' Has Given Tom Selleck Cred With the NYPD.
'Blue Bloods dismissal makes me sick'.
Jennifer Esposito Talks 'Blue Bloods' Dismissal : 'They Illegally Stopped Paying'.
I've always wanted to have blue blood.
"Grey's Anatomy," "Blue Bloods" and "Upstairs Downstairs" are all about moving forward, "Person of Interest" gets closer to resolving its mystery, and there are far-reaching consequences on "Boardwalk Empire.
Steven Price Esi Edugyan, author of Half-Blood Blues: A Novel.
Blue Bloods * * * out of four CBS, Friday, 10 pm ET/PT.
" Grey 's Anatomy," "Blue Bloods" and "Upstairs Downstairs" are all about moving forward, "Person of Interest" gets closer to resolving its mystery, and there are far-reaching consequences on "Boardwalk Empire.".
Jennifer Esposito written out of 'Blue Bloods'.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. A state medical examiner's report says methadone is the prescription drug that was most frequently detected in the blood of fatal overdose victims.
F or every popped-collar blue blood swanning about this tony enclave, there's a pleb-friendly local willing to cut a deal.
And a unique UV (blue) LED to search in darkness for fluids such as urine, trace blood and other bodily fluids of humans or animals.
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In science:

Evaluation of blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity The integrity of the BBB was investigated using Evans blue (EB) dye as a marker of albumin extravasation as reported previously (Belayev et al. 1996;Belayev et al. 1998;Asahi et al. 2001;Matsuo et al. 2001).
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
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