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black bile

one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing gloominess.
Origin of black bile
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But to the Mollycoddle she apportions dyspepsia and black bile.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • The intent was to relieve the patient of insanity-producing yellow and black bile.

  • Now the hymn of Puritanical gloom-the peacemaker with Providence performing devotional exercises in black bile.

  • She has suffered all this till her waters have become waves of black bile.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • To these correspond the cardinal fluids, blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile.

  • Three days later Black, of Georgia, "poured forth his black bile" for an hour and a half.

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • These four "humours" were blood, phlegm, yellow bile (or choler), and black bile (or melancholy).

    Stories That Words Tell Us Elizabeth O'Neill
  • According to this celebrated theory there are four humors in the body—blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile.

British Dictionary definitions for black bile

black bile

(archaic) one of the four bodily humours; melancholy See humour (sense 8)
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black bile in Medicine

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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