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blood +‎ stroke. Compare French coup de sang.


bloodstroke (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, obsolete) Loss of sensation and motion from hemorrhage or congestion in the brain.
    • 1829, George Warren, A commentary, with practical observations on disorders of the head:
      All other measures relative to the bloodstroke have an equal reference to those cases where the patient.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dunglison to this entry?)
  2. A stroke or blow with a weapon that draws blood.
    • 2006, Hugh Cook, The Witchlord and the Weaponmaster, page 18:
      Cleaving the air with bloodstroke upon bloodstroke, Jarl made his bitter steel sing.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bloodstroke in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)