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Blood-boltered

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Blood-boltered Having the hair matted with clotted blood. "The blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blood-boltered Clotted or clogged with blood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Blood-boltered (Shak.) sprinkled with blood as from a bolter or sieve
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Blood, + Prov. E. bolter, to mat in tufts. Cf. Balter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blód—root blówan, to bloom; cog. with Old. Fris. blód, Ger. blut.

Usage

In literature:

Fred was to play Macduff; and the "blood-boltered Banquo" was consigned to my charge.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
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In poetry:

The red with rage and mad with fear
They charge into the roaring ring;
Against the mockery most near
Of human might their hate they fling,
In futile, blind blood-boltering.
"The Bulls" by Robert W Service
Oh! send them to the sullen mansions dun,
Her baleful eyes where sorrow rolls around;
Where gloom-enamour'd mischief loves to dwell
And murder, all blood-bolter'd, schemes the wound.
"Parody of a Translation from the Medea of Euripides" by Samuel Johnson