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bilious

[bil-yuh s] /ˈbɪl yəs/
adjective
1.
Physiology, Pathology. pertaining to bile or to an excess secretion of bile.
2.
Pathology. suffering from, caused by, or attended by trouble with the bile or liver.
3.
peevish; irritable; cranky.
4.
extremely unpleasant or distasteful:
a long scarf of bright, bilious green.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin bīliōsus. See bile, -ous
Related forms
biliously, adverb
biliousness, noun
nonbilious, adjective
nonbiliously, adverb
nonbiliousness, noun
unbilious, adjective
unbiliously, adverb
unbiliousness, noun
Synonyms
3. grumpy, crabby, cross, grouchy, dyspeptic.
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British Dictionary definitions for biliously

bilious

/ˈbɪlɪəs/
adjective
1.
of or relating to bile
2.
affected with or denoting any disorder related to excess secretion of bile
3.
(informal) (esp of colours) extremely distasteful; nauseating: a bilious green
4.
(informal) bad-tempered; irritable
Derived Forms
biliousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin bīliōsus full of bile1
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Word Origin and History for biliously

bilious

adj.

1540s, "pertaining to bile, biliary," from French bilieux, from Latin biliosus "pertaining to bile," from bilis (see bile). Meaning "wrathful, peevish, ill-tempered" (as people afflicted with an excess of bile were believed to be) is attested from 1560s. This is the main modern sense in English and French; the more literal meaning being taken up by biliary. Related: Biliousness.

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biliously in Medicine

bilious bil·ious (bĭl'yəs)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or containing bile; biliary.

  2. Characterized by an excess secretion of bile.

  3. Relating to, characterized by, or experiencing gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gallbladder.


bil'ious·ness n.
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