Origin of bilious
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Examples from the Web for biliousness
There are children with whom eggs do not agree; these children are disposed to "biliousness."The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Hot baths are an excellent remedy for nausea or biliousness.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them
Charles David Musgrove
Fats, when freely used, give rise to indigestion and 'biliousness.'Science in the Kitchen.
Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
There is more yellow in life from biliousness, than from the state of the atmosphere.Germany and the Germans
It is of special service in dyspepsia, biliousness, rheumatism, etc.Saratoga and How to See It
R. F. Dearborn
- of or relating to bile
- affected with or denoting any disorder related to excess secretion of bile
- informal (esp of colours) extremely distasteful; nauseatinga bilious green
- informal bad-tempered; irritable
Word Origin and History for biliousness
1540s, "pertaining to bile, biliary," from French bilieux, from Latin biliosus "pertaining to bile," from bilis (see bile). Meaning "wrathful, peevish, ill-tempered" (as people afflicted with an excess of bile were believed to be) is attested from 1560s. This is the main modern sense in English and French; the more literal meaning being taken up by biliary. Related: Biliousness.
- Of, relating to, or containing bile; biliary.
- Characterized by an excess secretion of bile.
- Relating to, characterized by, or experiencing gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gallbladder.