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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In the New Testament, a potter's field near Jerusalem purchased by the priests as a burial ground for strangers with the reward that Judas had received for betraying Jesus and had later returned to them.
  • n. A place with dreadful associations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The potter's field, said to have lain south of Jerusalem, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his Master, and therefore called the field of blood. Fig.: A field of bloodshed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A field said to have been situated south of Jerusalem, the potter's field, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his Master, and therefore called the “field of blood.” It was appropriated to the interment of strangers.
  • n. Figuratively, any place stained by slaughter.

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After Aceldama 1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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