one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing gloominess.
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Origin of black bile
First recorded in 1790–1800
Words nearby black bile
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Example sentences from the Web for black bile
Abscess of the liver depends upon some vice of the blood, the bile, the phlegm or the black-bile.Gilbertus Anglicus|Henry Ebenezer Handerson
British Dictionary definitions for black bile
archaic one of the four bodily humours; melancholySee humour (def. 8)
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Medical definitions for black bile
One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, supposed to cause melancholy when present in excess.
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