imbrue (v.) early 15c., "to soak, steep;" mid-15c., "to stain, soil," from O.Fr. embreuvere "to moisten," a metathesis of embeuvrer, from em- (see IM- (Cf. im-)) + -bevrer, ultimately from L. bibere "to drink" (see IMBIBE (Cf. imbibe)). Or perhaps from O.Fr. embroue "soiled," ultimately from boue "mud, dirt."

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  • imbrue — verb To stain (in, with, blood, slaughter, etc.). Armed with the weapon which was destined to destroy himself, Imnaz sprang down the ladder,   found the door, and, emerging from the abode of crime, sought a more secure resting place, leaving his… …   Wiktionary

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