bilious

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English[edit]

"Rhynocoris iracundus", a bilious beetle, with rostrum ready to sting.

Etymology[edit]

From French bilieux, from Latin bīliōsus (full of bile), from bīlis (bile) + -ōsus (full of).

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bilious (comparative more bilious, superlative most bilious)

  1. Suffering from real or supposed liver disorder, thus making one ill-natured.
  2. Of or pertaining to something containing or consisting of bile.
  3. Irritable or bad tempered; irascible.
    • Macaulay
      a bilious old nabob

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