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half-blood

[haf-bluhd, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌblʌd, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
a half-breed.
2.
a person who has only one parent in common with another person, as a half sister or half brother.
Origin of half-blood
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English half blod

half blood

noun
1.
the relation between persons having only one common parent.
Origin
First recorded in 1545-55
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  • As a half-blood gypsy tinker he must have been self-contained and pleasant.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • That the stranger was a half-blood could be seen at a glance.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • The urging of the half-blood was in vain, and he was forced to give it up.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • The half-blood said nothing, but he and his companions were beginning to finger their weapons.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • The horses were tethered near the cabin, and a half-blood Indian was watching them.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • Every man of them bears a bar in his arms, or is of the half-blood.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • His horse was a half-blood from Perche, a vigorous beast and full of fire.

  • “I should have taken it for a Comanche camp,” said the half-blood.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for half-blood

half-blood

noun
1.
  1. the relationship between individuals having only one parent in common
  2. an individual having such a relationship
2.
a less common name for a half-breed
3.
a half-blooded domestic animal
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