black bile
noun Date: 1681 a humor of medieval physiology believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause melancholy

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  • black bile — noun a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy • Syn: ↑melancholy • Hypernyms: ↑liquid body substance, ↑bodily fluid, ↑body fluid, ↑humor, ↑humour * * * …   Useful english dictionary

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