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

  • adj. Red and inflamed as a result of locally congested blood vessels: bloodshot eyes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. reddened and inflamed because of congested blood vessels

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Red and inflamed; suffused with blood, or having the vessels turgid with blood, as when the conjunctiva is inflamed or irritated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Red and inflamed by a turgid state of the blood-vessels, as in certain weak or excited states: said of the eye.

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

  • adj. (of an eye) reddened as a result of locally congested blood vessels; inflamed

Etymologies

From obsolete bloodshotten : blood + shotten, suffused, past participle of shoot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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