from The Century Dictionary.

  • Blood-colored; red with blood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent of the color of cherries or tomatoes or rubies or blood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Bright red in color, like the color of fresh blood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies


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  • Readers of a nervous disposition are advised to look away quickly, before their eyes are drawn to the blood-red sign now only centimetres away …

    The Cannibals of Galway

  • In the first chapter she enrols as a student of the Lincolnshire bike-builder Dave Yates, leaving five days later with her own blood-red, hand-welded racer which is pictured leaned decorously against a tree in Richmond Park.

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  • It was what should have been a bright summer day, but the smoke from the burning world filled the sky, through which the sun shone murkily, a dull and lifeless orb, blood-red and ominous.

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  • Heavy doses of nitrogen fertiliser will tip the competitive balance in favour of grasses, and soon purple wood crane's bill, blood-red greater burnet, frothy white pignut and meadowsweet, yellow lady's bedstraw, globe flower and blue speedwells will vanish, leaving an "improved" pasture – more productive, more profitable, but oh-so dull.

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  • If ‘going-to-church’ had any meaning and effect upon me as a child, it was the glitter of gold and silver chalices; the sheen of sacred vestments, vigil candles flickering in ruby light; stained glass windows romancing the morning and evening light; the blue of the statuesque Blessed Virgin and blood-red robe of Christ, the Sacred Heart arm and hand outstretched to the multitudes; statues draped in purple during Lent.

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  • But we had grown accustomed to that blood-red sun.

    Page 6

  • When she began her research at the archive I, an administrative assistant to so-and-so in the library, was the first to show her around, she with her flapper jet-black hair, her long fingers with silver rings, her sandals, her faded jeans, her blood-red tattoo that I saw once twisted around her hip when she leaned over.


  • So, the baroque became a cloak-and-dagger saga – a story lived out behind crimson Roman Catholic and blood-red Communist curtains, while Borromini became a suicidal papal knight – a hero.

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  • The first four years of the twentieth century were considered prosperous years, yet in that time more than 300,000 men added themselves to the ranks of the revolutionists, flinging their defiance in the teeth of bourgeois society and taking their stand under the blood-red banner.


  • The cast is dressed in white the only splash of color is the blood-red negligée that Porgy buys for Bess and the atmosphere is that of a revival meeting.

    The Church on Catfish Row


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