One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Resembling or suggestive of blood.
2Like (that of) a pedigree or thoroughbred animal; especially resembling (that of) a blood. Now rare.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Andrew of Wyntoun (c1350–c1422), prior of St Serf's, Lochleven, and historian. From blood + -like.
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