One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or practice of staunching bleeding, especially (in later use) by supernatural means.
That staunches (or is reputed to staunch) bleeding.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Copland (fl. 1505–1547), translator and printer. From blood + stanching<br>late 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From blood + stanching.
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