Vinaceous (adjective)

Definition

  1. of the color of red wine.

(Ref: Merriam-Webster Online, Word of the day, 15 February 2020)

Use it in a sentence

She laughed at first, to see the blood, her blood, seeping from the great gash on her knee. The pain hadn’t hit her yet. The car had, but not the pain. Her bike lay free of her, the pedals still. “It’s quite vinaceous”, she said to a stranger who had seen the whole thing and pulled over to see if she was ok.  

He looked at her blankly and a little alarmed. Had she, perhaps, hit her head as well?

“What?”

“Vinecous. You know, deep red wine-coloured. The blood. Vinaceous.”

He shook his head impatiently, frowning a little as he stood up and dug his hands in his pants pocket. “I’ve got a clean tissue here, but … I don’t want to … I mean, I think you should do it yourself.” He stooped a little to hand her the tissue and then watched as she pressed the tissue first gingerly and then with some pressure. Was that bone? She saw the stranger’s alarmed face, saw him reach for his phone, as the world gently tipped to one side in a whirl of patterns. Then she passed out.

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