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In Greek mythology, ichor (Greek ἰχώρ) is the mineral that is the Greek gods' blood, sometimes said to have been present in ambrosia or nectar. When a god was injured and bled, the ichor made his or her blood poisonous to mortals. The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and their own cult and ritual practices. ... Minerals are natural compounds formed through geological processes. ... Human blood smear: a - erythrocytes; b - neutrophil; c - eosinophil; d - lymphocyte. ... In ancient mythology, Ambrosia (Greek ) is sometimes the food, sometimes the drink, of the gods. ... The skull and crossbones symbol (Jolly Roger) traditionally used to label a poisonous substance. ...

Ichor has also been used to mean the blood in a vampire's veins. Whereas many vampire stories and movies describe them as having reddish or dark red blood, others describe vampire blood as being different from human blood altogether - an ichor that is traditionally dark green in color. Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings that subsist on human and/or animal lifeforce. ... Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings that subsist on human and/or animal lifeforce. ... Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings that subsist on human and/or animal lifeforce. ...

H.P. Lovecraft often used ichor in his descriptions of other-worldly creatures, most prominently in his nightmarish detail of the chimeric remains of Wilbur Whateley, in "The Dunwich Horror". Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction, noted for combining these three genres within single narratives. ... The Dunwich Horror is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. ...

The term ichor is often misused in fantasy contexts by authors trying to find a different word for "blood" or "ooze", to the point that it has become cliché. Author Ursula LeGuin, in "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie", calls the term "the infallible touchstone of the seventh-rate."[1] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ursula K. Le Guin at an informal bookstore Q&A session, July 2004 Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929), is an American author. ...

Ichor has also been used in science fiction as an alien substitute for blood, as in Garth Nix's book Shade's Children. Additionally, in the Dragonriders of Pern novel series, Anne McCaffrey refers to the blood of the alien (but genetically enhanced by humans) Pernese dragons as ichor. The term also appears in the third installment of the Command and Conquer tiberium series, the alien invaders refer to the tiberium as ichor. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Garth Nix (born 1963) is an Australian author of young adult fantasy novels, most notably the Old Kingdom Series and Seventh Tower series. ... Shades Children is a young adult science fiction/fantasy novel written by Garth Nix. ... The Dragonriders of Pern is an extensive fantasy/science fiction series of novels and short stories primarily written by Anne McCaffrey. ... Anne Inez McCaffrey (born April 1, 1926) is an American science fiction author best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series. ...

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Mana is a traditional term that refers to a concept among the speakers of Oceanic languages, including Melanesians, Polynesians, and Micronesians. ... A ghost, composed of electoplasm In parapsychology, ectoplasm is the name given to a hypothetical form of dense bio-energy liberated by living things which is claimed to make possible the materialisation of ghosts and psychokinesis. ... The Scrin are a fictional extra-terrestrial race of intelligent beings in the Command & Conquer universe. ... Command and Conquer 3 has been officially announced in the June issue of PC Gamer. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ...


  1. ^ Ursula K. LeGuin, "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie", p 80 The Language of the Night ISBN 0-425-05205-2

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Ichor is also another, rarely used name for bile, and the name for the yellowish-green colour of bile.
In Greek mythology, ichor (Greek ἰχώρ) was a mineral present in the blood of the gods that kept them immortal.
When a god was injured and bled, the ichor made their blood poisonous to mortals.
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