blood-stained jeans/ bloodstain jeans

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  • WR-addict

    Member
    Italian Tuscany
    I would like to know whether they are interchangeable. Our English/Italian WordReference dictionary says that

    BLOODSTAIN: (one single word) is a mark left by blood
    BLOOD STAIN: a dried blood mark.

    According to the definitions above, BLOODSTAINS are made of wet blood, while you have BLOOD STAINS when the blood is clotted.
    Thank you for your kind answer!
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    No, punctuation of compounds is just variable. A bloodstain = blood-stain = blood stain can be wet or dry.
     
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