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[ahy-kawr, ahy-ker] /ˈaɪ kɔr, ˈaɪ kər/
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
Related forms
[ahy-ker-uh s] /ˈaɪ kər əs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ichor
Historical Examples
  • When their ichor is up, they misbehave as we do when our blood is up, during the fury of war.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • Then Talus said, ‘Who are you, strange maiden, and where is this ichor of youth?’

    The Heroes Charles Kingsley
  • The skin is red and fretted, discharging an ichor which hardens into crusts.

    A Treatise on Sheep: Ambrose Blacklock
  • 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 Louis Tracy
  • This ichor intoxicated her and strengthened her at once, and she did not weary of drinking it.

    The Marquis of Pealta (Marta y Mara) Armando Palacio Valds
  • Then the mast elephant of the wind began to rush, showering drops of rain like drops of ichor, and rooting up trees.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • So saying, she wiped the ichor from the wrist of her daughter with both hands, whereon the pain left her, and her hand was healed.

    The Iliad Homer
  • ichor, an ethereal fluid presumed to supply the place of blood in the veins of the Greek gods.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • She spoke, and with her palms wiped off the ichor from her hand: the hand was healed, and the severe pains mitigated.

British Dictionary definitions for ichor


(Greek myth) the fluid said to flow in the veins of the gods
(pathol) a foul-smelling watery discharge from a wound or ulcer
Derived Forms
ichorous, adjective
Word Origin
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
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ichor in Medicine

ichor i·chor (ī'kôr', ī'kər)
A watery, acrid discharge from a wound or ulcer.

i'chor·ous (ī'kər-əs) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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