black-bile

black bile

noun
one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing gloominess.

Origin:
1790–1800

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black bile
 
n
archaic See humour one of the four bodily humours; melancholy

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black bile n.
One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, supposed to cause melancholy when present in excess.

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