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Bloody Mary

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noun
  1. a mixed drink made principally with vodka and tomato juice.
  2. Mary I.
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Origin of Bloody Mary

First recorded in 1955–60

Mary I

noun
  1. Bloody Mary, 1516–58, queen of England 1553–58 (wife of Philip II of Spain; daughter of Henry VIII).
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Also called Mary Tudor.
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British Dictionary definitions for bloody mary

Bloody Mary

noun
  1. a drink consisting of tomato juice and vodka
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Mary I

noun
  1. family name Tudor, known as Bloody Mary. 1516–58, queen of England (1553–58). The daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, she married Philip II of Spain in 1554. She restored Roman Catholicism to England and about 300 Protestants were burnt at the stake as heretics
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Word Origin and History for bloody mary

Bloody Mary

the cocktail, attested from 1953 (originally touted in part as a hangover cure), said to be named for Mary Tudor, queen of England 1553-58, who earned her epithet for vigorous prosecution of Protestants. The drink earned its, apparently, simply for being red from tomato juice. The cocktail's popularity also concided with that of the musical "South Pacific," which has a character named "Bloody Mary."

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