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

  • n. A member of an activist youth movement in China, prominent during the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s, that espoused Maoist principles.
  • n. A member of a radical political group with Maoist leanings.


Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) hóng wèibīng : hóng, red + wèibīng, guard (wèi, to defend + bīng, weapons, troops).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The tiger growled, the claws raked back and forth across the wooden, blood-painted flesh, and the redcoat cried aloud.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • There were dancers from the city, two jugglers and a man who charmed snakes, but, best of all, the Tippoo's wooden tiger organ had been fetched from the Inner Palace and the soldiers laughed as the life-size model tiger raked its claws across the redcoat's blood-painted face.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • Isolde looked from the blood-painted little figure to Marcia’s sullen face and angry eyes.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • He had let his beard grow, so that the worst of the damage to his neck and chin was covered, but even still his face looked fearsome, like Marcia’s blood-painted doll.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • All this "— Lasko gestured with his outstretched arm at the blood-painted world —" happened around midnight, or close to. "

    the dirty duck


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