pigeon's-blood love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The color of a fine dark ruby, scarcely so dark as the beef's-blood. These two shades are the most admired in that stone.
  • n. In ceramics, a glaze of Oriental porcelain resembling the color of pigeon's blood; a variety of sang-de-bœuf.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • On the second finger he wore a gold ring, set with a huge pigeon's-blood ruby.

    Warlock

  • The stone had been polished, not cut, and glowed rather than sparkled with a deep rich red -- the true "pigeon's-blood" tint so admired by connoisseurs.

    The Hand in the Dark

  • It's fingers were gnarled, and hooked like a bird's claw, and on the little finger a ruby flashed in the morning sunlight -- not a large ruby, but of the purest pigeon's-blood shade, and in any case a stone of price.

    The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales

  • The Tatar chief now called Rob to his tent and presented him with a beautiful ring set with a glowing pigeon's-blood ruby, in acknowledgment of his services.

    The Master Key, an Electrical Fairy Tale Founded Upon the Mysteries of Electricity

  • This emblem is covered with jewels of the choicest character, among which are steel-white diamonds and rubies of pigeon's-blood hue, such as are rarely obtainable in our day.

    Foot-prints of Travel or, Journeyings in Many Lands

  • a tremendous pigeon's-blood ruby flanked on each side by a diamond.

    The Winning Clue

  • "Here is his story in a few words: some years ago Morley's father bought from his shop a pair of earrings, each one set with an unusually valuable pigeon's-blood ruby, and gave them to Mrs. Morley.

    The Winning Clue

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.