dragon’s blood Word Origin noun
- 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.
- any of various similar resins from other trees.
- Pompeian red.
Origin of dragon’s blood First recorded in 1590–1600 British Dictionary definitions for dragon’s blood dragon’s blood noun
- 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
- 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)