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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English blede (fruit, flower, offspring), from Old English blǣd, blēd (that which is produced, flower, blossom, fruit), from Proto-Germanic *blēduz, *blōdiz (blossom, sprout), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (to bloom, sprout; leaf, blossom). Cognate with Scots bleed (to produce, yield good results), German Blüte (flower, blossom, bloom, prosperity), Latin flōs (flower, bloom), Old Irish bláth (flower, blossom, bloom).

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blead (plural bleads)

  1. (rare, dialectal) Fruit.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English blede, from Old English blǣd (blowing, blast, breath, inspiration), from Proto-Germanic *blēduz (blowing, breath, puff), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₁- (to blow up, inflate, puff up, swell). Cognate with Old High German blāt (blowing, wheezing, panting).


blead (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Blowing; breath; inspiration.
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