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grey matter

noun
1.
the greyish tissue of the brain and spinal cord, containing nerve cell bodies, dendrites, and bare (unmyelinated) axons Technical name substantia grisea Compare white matter
2.
(informal) brains or intellect
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  • It is a question of angles and quality of the grey matter of the brain.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • At least your people had some motive: the grey matter in their brain was working.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • There was nothing slow about the grey matter in her cranium.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • It is a matter—well, it is a matter—largely of ‘grey matter.’

  • And its memory is a change in the arrangement of the cells of the grey matter of the brain.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • Here the woman of the blood was at grips with the woman of the grey matter.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • The woman of the grey matter had it out with the woman of the blood.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • There are also islands of grey matter embedded in the white.

  • Nature has furnished you with a plentiful surplus of grey matter in your head.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins

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