red mass

noun, often capitalized R&M

Definition of red mass 

: a votive mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated in red vestments especially at the opening of courts and congresses

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The doctor used it to extract the placenta, a pulsing red mass, then waved smelling salts near my face. Jessica Zucker, The Cut, "How a Miscarriage Affected My Sex Life," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of red mass

1889, in the meaning defined above

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