dragon's blood

noun
1.
a deep-red, water-insoluble resin exuding from the fruit of a palm, Daemonorops draco, of the Malay Archipelago, used chiefly in the preparation of varnishes and in photoengraving for protecting certain areas of the metal plate from the acid.
2.
any of various similar resins from other trees.

Origin:
1590–1600

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dragon's blood
 
n
1.  a red resinous substance obtained from the fruit of a Malaysian palm, Daemonorops (or Calamus) draco: formerly used medicinally and now used in varnishes and lacquers
2.  any of several similar resins obtained from other trees, esp from the dragon tree and a related species, Dracaena cinnabari (Socotra dragon's blood dracaena)

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dragon's blood

red resin obtained from the fruit of several palms of the genus Daemonorops and used in colouring varnishes and lacquers. Once valued as a medicine in Europe because of its astringent properties, dragon's blood now is used as a varnish for violins and in photoengraving for preventing undercutting of the printing surface during etching

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Example sentences
Happening to touch his lips with the dragon's blood, he understands the language of the birds.
He hears from a bird that if he bathes in the dragon's blood he will be rendered invulnerable to any enemy's weapons.
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