I was never sure whether this was phlegm or the onset of lunacy.
So after my father died I wrote a book, Fathers and Sons, with the intention of casting the Wavian phlegm out of my system.
This phlegm is succeeded by an acid liquor, which rises in the form of white vapours that fill the receiver.
One of Popes precepts is, to write with fury and correct with phlegm.
The old teacher and his daughter bore this sudden reverse of fortune with true Germanic phlegm, and prepared to depart.
Let melancholy rule supreme, Choler preside, or blood, or phlegm.
But if Yusef came not by the cafe where Wassef sat glooming, some one else came who quickly roused Wassef from his phlegm.
He had no more of the Spanish complexion than of the phlegm of that country.
Vinegar suffers no decomposition by the congelation of its phlegm, and the consequent concentration of its Acid.
Hence, perhaps, the Teuton's phlegm and the Gaul's excitability.
late 14c., fleem "viscid mucus" (the stuff itself and also regarded as a bodily humor), from Old French fleume (13c., Modern French flegme), from Late Latin phlegma, one of the four humors of the body, from Greek phlegma "humor caused by heat," lit "inflammation, heat," from phlegein "to burn," related to phlox (genitive phlogos) "flame, blaze," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Modern form is attested from c.1660. The "cold, moist" humor of the body, in medieval physiology, it was believed to cause apathy.
Thick, sticky, stringy mucus secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract, as during a cold or other respiratory infection.
One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause sluggishness, apathy, and evenness of temper.