One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun The relationship between people having one parent in common.‘brothers and sisters of the half blood’
- ‘Within these categories, relatives of full blood have priority over those of half blood, and older relatives take priority over their juniors.’
- ‘And what possible claim could the Dashwoods, who were related to him only by half blood, which she considered no relationship at all, have on his generosity to so large an amount?’
- ‘This case can easily be distinguished from that because the children are of full blood, not half blood and the father's refusal to return does not create the intolerable situation for T.’
- ‘Applicants must be a Male and a Female, at least 18 years of age, and not nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half blood, and not having a husband or wife living.’
- 1.1count noun A person related to another through having one parent in common.
- ‘The issue to be determined is whether half bloods share equally with whole bloods when testamentary dispositions are made to heirs or heirs-at-law.’
- ‘He couldn't believe that a half blood was able to injure him as much as she did.’
2offensiveanother term for half-breed
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