Gall bladder
Gall Gall (g[add]l), n.[OE. galle, gal, AS. gealla; akin to D. gal, OS. & OHG. galla, Icel. gall, SW. galla, Dan. galde, L. fel, Gr. ?, and prob. to E. yellow. [root]49. See {Yellow}, and cf. {Choler}] 1. (Physiol.) The bitter, alkaline, viscid fluid found in the gall bladder, beneath the liver. It consists of the secretion of the liver, or bile, mixed with that of the mucous membrane of the gall bladder. [1913 Webster]

2. The gall bladder. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything extremely bitter; bitterness; rancor. [1913 Webster]

He hath . . . compassed me with gall and travail. --Lam. iii. 5. [1913 Webster]

Comedy diverted without gall. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Impudence; brazen assurance. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

{Gall bladder} (Anat.), the membranous sac, in which the bile, or gall, is stored up, as secreted by the liver; the cholecystis. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus.

{Gall duct}, a duct which conveys bile, as the cystic duct, or the hepatic duct.

{Gall sickness}, a remitting bilious fever in the Netherlands. --Dunglison.

{Gall of the earth} (Bot.), an herbaceous composite plant with variously lobed and cleft leaves, usually the {Prenanthes serpentaria}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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