American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A variety of deep-green chalcedony flecked with red jasper. Also called heliotrope.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of hematite, having a finely fibrous structure and a reniform surface. The color varies from dark steel-gray to blood-red. It was extensively employed in ancient times, many of the Babylonian and Egyptian intaglios being in this material; now it is much less used, except for signet-rings, and as a polish for other stones and metals.
- n. A variety of quartz having a greenish base, with small spots of red jasper, looking like drops of blood, scattered through it. This kind of bloodstone is also called heliotrope.
- n. A green chalcedony that has been sprinkled with red spots (which resemble blood, hence the name).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A green siliceous stone sprinkled with red jasper, as if with blood; hence the name; -- called also
- n. Hematite, an ore of iron yielding a blood red powder or “streak.”
- n. green chalcedony with red spots that resemble blood
“It is called a bloodstone," T’Shael said on yet another day.”
“In the booty captured in a savage raid, Kane discovers a ring, a bloodstone, which is key to the power that lies buried, inactive but not dea, within the forest.”
“There was an unfacetted crimson gem (he vaguely remembered having heard a similar gem called a bloodstone) in the grip, just behind one of the smooth, tapering arms of the guard.”
“Courtesy of S.J. Phillips Ltd Rococo gold-mounted bloodstone teapot, circa 1820, probably Germany.”
“But I was tired and couldn't be sure I actually recalled stampeding giraffes, falling heliotropes, bloodstone storms, an old child with no eyes, wrapped in waves; I couldn't; and you had dropped like a minnow of a brittle star into my flat trap of a lap, my darling sour ancient fish.”
“The false cenotaph in the public upper chamber was in white marble, the color of freshly drawn milk, inlaid profusely with stylized flowers in tiers—a lapis lazuli blue, a jasper red, a bloodstone black, an agate and sard brown, a carnelian orange, a chlorite and jade green, and a yellow limestone.”
“In the end she had opted for muted colors—sard for brown, yellow limestone the brightest of her choices, a dull green jasper, and the sharp black-olive of bloodstone.”
“I added the bloodstone to the items I was packing, then retrieved the scrying crystal and packed it, too, shoebox and all.”
“I sank on the bed and drew covers over me, threw them down again, rose up and got the bloodstone.”
“Calling energy out of it, propelling it through me, wrapping it with my need for courage, I pushed it into my right palm and charged the bloodstone.”
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