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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A red, resinous substance obtained from the fruit of a climbing palm (Daemonorops draco) of tropical Asia, formerly used in the manufacture of varnishes and lacquers.
  • n. Any of several resins similar to this substance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bright red resin that is obtained from different species of a number of distinct plant genera: Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, Calamus rotang and Pterocarpus and is used in the manufacture of varnishes, lacquers, medicines, and incenses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a resinous substance obtained from the fruit of several species of Calamus, esp. from Calamus Rotang and Calamus Draco, growing in the East Indies. A substance known as dragon's blood is obtained by exudation from Dracæna Draco; also from Pterocarpus Draco, a tree of the West Indies and South America. The color is red, or a dark brownish red, and it is used chiefly for coloring varnishes, marbles, etc. Called also Cinnabar Græcorum.
  • See Dragon's blood, Dragon's head, etc., under dragon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of several resins of a dark-red color.
  • n. In ceramics, a red color resembling arterial blood, with iridescence, in places, due to the presence of copper; a variety of sang-de-bœuf.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dark red resinous substance derived from various trees and used in photoengraving

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  • In pharmacy, a rosin so named from the dragon's combating with the elephant. It is moderately heavy, friable or brittle, and in the mass of a dusky red; but when powdered of a bright scarlet, it has little smell, an is of a resinous and astringent taste. It is produced from no less than four vegetables of different part of the world.
    Daniel Fenning, Royal English Dictionary, 1775

    It has been used as an astringent in hemorrhages, etc, but now is rarely employed.
    Robley Dunglison, Dictionary of medical Science, 1844

    February 4, 2009

  • See also sangre de drago.

    November 19, 2008

  • A useful and powerful ingredient in love divination and other spells, used in a number of ways but usually involving the fire: "Buy a pennyworth of dragon's blood from a chemist, sprinkle the powder in the fire any night when the clock is striking twelve, and your future husband or wife will appear..." (Billson, 1865: 59-60) It was being used in this way well into the 20th century. Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary glosses Dragon's Blood as the herb Robert (Geranium Robertianum); A.R. Wright (1928: 69) defines it as "the resin from the Calamus draco and certain other trees, used chiefly in varnish-making." (Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore)

    -- From Julie K. Rose's blog.

    November 7, 2008