half-blood

adjective
\ ˈhaf-ˈbləd How to pronounce half-blood (audio) , ˈhäf- \
variants: or less commonly half-blooded \ ˈhaf-​ˈblə-​dəd How to pronounce half-blood (audio) , ˈhäf-​ \

Definition of half-blood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: related to or being a half blood half-blood steers half-blood bison females

Note: Use of the adjective half-blood to refer to a person having parents of different races (see race entry 1 sense 1a) is considered offensive.

half blood

noun
plural half bloods

Definition of half blood (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the relation between persons having only one parent in common
b : a person so related to another
2 offensive : half-breed
3 : a domestic animal with one parent purebred and the other of inferior breeding : grade sense 4

First Known Use of half-blood

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Half-blood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-blood. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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half blood

noun

Legal Definition of half blood

: the relation between persons having only one parent in common also : a person so related to another

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