Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to phlebotomy.
“There is a certain fondness for rum, a delight in rum, a wide and consuming joy in rum, a real and compelling need for rum, a desperate and scrambling craving for rum, and then there is the condition of rum vampirism, which, due to having begun with an act of phlebotomic cannibalism of the mortal remains an heroic senior officer, cannot be described in any terms associated with the impulses and mechanisms of drunkenness; it is a punishment, meant by an affronted deity or a disgusted devil to attach miserable necessity to a condition that precludes joy and forgetting.”
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