: a thin watery or blood-tinged discharge
: an ethereal fluid taking the place of blood in the veins of the ancient Greek gods
ichorous adjective

Examples of ichor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With sweat and ichor spewing everywhere, referee Harvey Dock got to double-dutchin’ in and out of the middle of the two gladiators before he finally, mercifully, stopped the fight. Tyler R. Tynes, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2023 Books In a Korean author’s U.S. debut, uncanny pleasures rear their ugly heads Dec. 9, 2022 Weirdness has its own conventions; horror makes much of ichor and tentacles, of slithering and maws in the wrong places. Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2023 Those films revel in slime, ichor and disgust. Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2021 Even many people who claim to be critical thinkers dive into the ichor and become part of it. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 20 Aug. 2012 Talos was eventually deactivated by the witch Medea, who (in one version of the myth) removed a bronze rivet on his ankle and drained out the ichor that powered his movement. Peter Thonemann, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2018

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Word History


Greek ichōr

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ichor was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ichor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ichor. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a fluid taking the place of blood in the veins of the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology

Medical Definition


: a thin watery or blood-tinged discharge (as from an ulcer) compare sanies
ichorous adjective
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