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The action or practice of causing bleeding to stop, especially (in later use) by supernatural means.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Mayne Reid (1818–1883), novelist and children's writer. From blood + stopping.
1That stops (or is reputed to stop) bleeding.
2Causing terror or horror; very frightening.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Bullein (c1515–1576), physician. From blood + stopping.
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