Grume: an archaic word from the middle of the 16th century meaning thick, viscous fluid, especially clotted blood.
Comes from the Latin ‘grumus’, meaning lump, or hillock.
It sounds like grime, only gloomier and more unrefined.
Spinner of fairy tales and other magical yarns
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Interesting. I’m reading “The Dagger of Dresnia” at the moment, which utilises the term ‘grumlees’ as a derogatory word for humans. I wonder whether inspiration was taken from ‘grume’. It seems fitting.
I wonder if it is? Given the ‘lees’ is the leftover yukky bits of a bottle of wine, that’s a fantastic concept. The leftover yukky bits of clotted blood. Ew.
Ooo… good point. That would certainly explain why it might be a derogatory term. Ew.