dragon's blood


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dragon's blood a dark red resinous substance derived from various trees and used in photoengraving
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dragon's blood a resinous substance obtained from the fruit of several species of Calamus, esp. from Calamus Rotang and Calamus Draco, growing in the East Indies. A substance known as dragon's blood is obtained by exudation from Dracæna Draco; also from Pterocarpus Draco, a tree of the West Indies and South America. The color is red, or a dark brownish red, and it is used chiefly for coloring varnishes, marbles, etc. Called also Cinnabar Græcorum.
    • Dragon's blood See Dragon's blood Dragon's head, etc., under Dragon.
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In literature:

With arrows that had been dipped in the poison of the Hydra's blood their dragon, Ladon, had been slain.
"The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles" by Padraic Colum
One would think that he had drunk nothing but dragon's blood since his birth.
"The Thrall of Leif the Lucky" by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
The instant the dragon's blood touched his lips, a change came over him.
"Opera Stories from Wagner" by Florence Akin
The man in the story, that dipped in dragon's blood, was made invulnerable.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
There were various trees, and among these the tree producing dragon's-blood.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume X" by Robert Kerr
Sanguis Draconis (Dragon's Blood) from Secutra.
"The Story of Geographical Discovery" by Joseph Jacobs
The collection of dragon's blood is carried on just like that of the mastic in Chios.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
The dragon had a passion for elephant's blood.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
In another section a powder known as "Dragon's Blood" is very generally used as a plaster.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
A turquoise on his arm would make a dragon's blood turn to water.
"The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" by Padraic Colum

In poetry:

It was like a fly or a wasp. Its body dirt-coloured; of the same colour
too its flat, stiff wings; outspread feathered claws, and a head thick
and angular, like a dragon-fly's; both head and claws were bright red, as
though steeped in blood.
"The Insect" by Ivan Turgenev

In news:

'Dragon's Blood' May Slay Ulcer Bug.
Heads up, Lancelot: A traditional Chinese medicine called dragon's blood may fight ulcer bacteria and blood clots.
Salix Dragon's Blood Drug for Diarrhea Delayed by FDA.
They describe dragon's blood as a "dark red resinous substance derived from various plants" that has long been used in Chinese medicine to treat conditions including ulcers and wounds.
The researchers reaped, dried, and pulverized stems from two dragon's blood plants to brew their own dragon's blood extract.
Familiar with the legends about the supernatural healing properties of dragon 's blood, skin and organs, the greedy quack and his inept sidekick plot to capture Elliott.