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1An occasion of extended or unrestrained violence and bloodshed; a war or massacre.
2A feast of blood or flesh, especially that of a person killed as part of a ritual or occult practice.
3An instance of feeding on the blood of a person or animal by a mosquito, leech, etc.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Chapman (?1560–1634), poet and playwright. From blood + feast.
blood feast/ˈblʌd fiːst/
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