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lily-livered

[lil-ee-liv-erd] /ˈlɪl iˈlɪv ərd/
adjective
1.
weak or lacking in courage; cowardly; pusillanimous.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; lily + liver1 + -ed3
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British Dictionary definitions for lilylivered

lily-livered

adjective
1.
cowardly; timid
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Word Origin and History for lilylivered
lily-livered
"cowardly," 1605, in "Macbeth;" from lily (in its color sense of "pale, bloodless") + liver, which was a supposed seat of love and passion. A healthy liver is typically dark reddish-brown.
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