SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective . Physiology, Pathology pertaining to bile or to an excess secretion of bile. . Pathology suffering from, caused by, or attended by trouble with the bile or liver. peevish; irritable; cranky. extremely unpleasant or distasteful: a long scarf of bright, bilious green. Origin of bilious
dating back to
-ous Related forms bil·ious·ly, adverb bil·ious·ness, noun non·bil·ious, adjective non·bil·ious·ly, adverb non·bil·ious·ness, noun un·bil·ious, adjective un·bil·ious·ly, adverb un·bil·ious·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for non-bilious Historical Examples of non-bilious British Dictionary definitions for non-bilious adjective of or relating to bile affected with or denoting any disorder related to excess secretion of bile informal (esp of colours) extremely distasteful; nauseating a bilious green informal bad-tempered; irritable Derived Forms biliousness, noun Word Origin for bilious
C16: from Latin
bīliōsus full of bile 1
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Word Origin and History for non-bilious adj.
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.
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adj. 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.
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