rheum

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From Anglo-Norman roume, reume, Middle French rume, ryeume, and their source, Late Latin rheuma, from Ancient Greek ῥεῦμα (rheûma, stream, humour).

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rheum (countable and uncountable, plural rheums)

  1. (uncountable) Watery or thin discharge of serum or mucus, especially from the eyes or nose, formerly thought to cause disease. [from 14th c.]
    • 1916, James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Macmillan Press Ltd, 102
      He wore about his shoulders a heavy cloak; his pale face was drawn and his voice broken with rheum.
  2. Illness or disease thought to be caused by such secretions; a cold, catarrh; rheumatism. [from 14th c.]
  3. (poetic) Tears. [from 16th c.]

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