One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or practice of giving or donating blood.
1That stimulates blood production; vivifying, animating. Now rare.
2That gives or donates one's blood. Compare to give (also donate) blood.
Late 19th century. From blood + giving. Compare to give blood<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Simms (1806–1870), poet, novelist, and historian. From blood + giving.
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