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[haf-bluhd, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌblʌd, ˈhɑf-/
a half-breed.
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
1400-50; late Middle English half blod

half blood

the relation between persons having only one common parent.
1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every man of them bears a bar in his arms, or is of the half-blood.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • How he did so was a mystery to most of his companions,—perhaps to all, except the half-blood, Antonio.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • So ended the sixteen years' life of the beautiful Miss Lambert and began that of Lois, the half-blood.

  • By his speech, the man addressed as Bill cannot be the half-blood.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The arriero, mounted upon the mulera, was a half-blood Indian.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • As a half-blood gypsy tinker he must have been self-contained and pleasant.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • Chisholm once more turns out of the tent, soon after re-entering it, the half-blood behind him.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The urging of the half-blood was in vain, and he was forced to give it up.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for half-blood


  1. the relationship between individuals having only one parent in common
  2. an individual having such a relationship
a less common name for a half-breed
a half-blooded domestic animal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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