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bile

noun \ˈbī(-ə)l\

: a yellow or greenish liquid that is made by the liver and that helps the body to digest fats

: anger or hatred

Full Definition of BILE

1
a :  either of two humors associated in old physiology with irascibility and melancholy
b :  a yellow or greenish viscid alkaline fluid secreted by the liver and passed into the duodenum where it aids especially in the emulsification and absorption of fats
2
a :  inclination to anger
b :  acrimony, vitriol
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Examples of BILE

  1. One writer objected to what she described as the bile that is spewed from the newspaper's editorial page.
  2. <with considerable bile, the author recounts a childhood filled with misery and loneliness>

Origin of BILE

Latin bilis; akin to Welsh bustl bile
First Known Use: 1547

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BILE Defined for Kids

bile

noun \ˈbīl\

Definition of BILE for Kids

:  a thick bitter yellow or greenish fluid produced by the liver to aid in digestion of fats in the small intestine
Medical Dictionary

bile

noun \ˈbī(ə)l\

Medical Definition of BILE

1
:  a yellow or greenish viscid alkaline fluid secreted by the liver and passed into the duodenum where it aids especially in the emulsification and absorption of fats—called also fel
2
:  either of two humors associated in old physiology with irascibility and melancholy

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