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From Middle English bebleden, equivalent to be- +‎ bleed. Cognate with German beblüten.


bebleed (third-person singular simple present bebleeds, present participle bebleeding, simple past and past participle bebled)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To cover or stain with blood; make bloody.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xiv, in Le Morte Darthur, book VIII:
      And soo they souped lyghtely and wente to bedde with grete ioye and plesaunce / and soo in his ragyng he took no kepe of his grene wound that kynge Marke had gyuen hym / And soo syr Tristram bebled both the ouer shete and the nether & pelowes / and hede shete