from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A red, resinous substance obtained from the fruit of a climbing palm (Daemonorops draco) of tropical Asia, formerly used in the manufacture of varnishes and lacquers.
- n. Any of several resins similar to this substance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bright red resin that is obtained from different species of a number of distinct plant genera: Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, Calamus rotang and Pterocarpus and is used in the manufacture of varnishes, lacquers, medicines, and incenses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See Dragon's blood, Dragon's head, etc., under dragon.
- n. a resinous substance obtained from the fruit of several species of Calamus, esp. from Calamus Rotang and Calamus Draco, growing in the East Indies. A substance known as dragon's blood is obtained by exudation from Dracæna Draco; also from Pterocarpus Draco, a tree of the West Indies and South America. The color is red, or a dark brownish red, and it is used chiefly for coloring varnishes, marbles, etc. Called also Cinnabar Græcorum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of several resins of a dark-red color.
- n. In ceramics, a red color resembling arterial blood, with iridescence, in places, due to the presence of copper; a variety of sang-de-bœuf.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a dark red resinous substance derived from various trees and used in photoengraving
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