aceldama

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Aceldama \A*cel"da*ma\, noun [Gr. ?, fr. Syr. [=o]k[=e]l dam[=o] the field of blood.] The potter's field, said to have lain south of Jerusalem, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his Master, and therefore called {the field of blood}. Fig.: A field of bloodshed.

The system of warfare . . . which had already converted immense tracts into one universal aceldama. --De Quincey.


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