- Classical Mythology. an ethereal fluid flowing in the veins of the gods.
- Pathology. an acrid, watery discharge, as from an ulcer or wound.
Origin of ichor
1630–40; < Late Latin īchōr (in medical sense) < Greek īchṓr
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Examples from the Web for ichor
When their ichor is up, they misbehave as we do when our blood is up, during the fury of war.Homer and His Age
Then Talus said, ‘Who are you, strange maiden, and where is this ichor of youth?’The Heroes
The skin is red and fretted, discharging an ichor which hardens into crusts.A Treatise on Sheep:
Then Talus said, "Who are you, strange maiden; and where is this ichor of youth?"
Winifred was not discontented with her lot—the ichor of youth and good health flowed too strongly in her veins.The Bartlett Mystery
- Greek myth the fluid said to flow in the veins of the gods
- pathol a foul-smelling watery discharge from a wound or ulcer
C17: from Greek ikhōr, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for ichor
1630s, from Greek ikhor, of unknown origin, possibly from a non-Indo-European language. The fluid that serves for blood in the veins of the gods. Related: Ichorous.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A watery, acrid discharge from a wound or ulcer.
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