bile

noun
\ ˈbī(-ə)l How to pronounce bile (audio) \

Definition of bile

1a : 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
2a : inclination to anger

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Examples of bile in a Sentence

One writer objected to what she described as “the bile that is spewed from the newspaper's editorial page.” with considerable bile, the author recounts a childhood filled with misery and loneliness
Recent Examples on the Web If the police didn't stop the trader, AnimalsAsia believes the cub could've been sold into bear bile farming or the exotic pet trade. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 21 Sep. 2021 An analysis in the Times found more than seventy Twitter accounts that have pushed the hashtag #FauciFraud, with some tweeting out anti-Fauci bile hundreds of times a day. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Lack of bile in the stool can also cause gray discoloration, which again goes back to abnormal digestion and malabsorption. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2021 But few will experience the bile and pain of May 25 as heavily as his family and friends. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 25 May 2021 This can indicate a bile or liver condition, which can be caused by disease or something picked up in the environment. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2021 As attorney Alan Dershowitz suggested during an interview with Newsmax, Ms. Waters’s rant had more in common with the bile historically spewed by the KKK than the language for which the civil-rights movement is remembered. Joseph Perkins, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 These meanings come from Latin (verdigris) through Greek (chloros), in which green signifies a paleness pertaining to complexion, an excess of bile. Gillian Osborne, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 That's when bile ducts in the liver don't form normally, preventing the organ from functioning properly. Stacey Plaisance, Chron, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of bile

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bile

Latin bilis; akin to Welsh bustl bile

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28 Sep 2021

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“Bile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bile. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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bile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bile

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

bile

noun
\ ˈbīl How to pronounce bile (audio) \

Kids Definition of bile

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

bile

noun
\ ˈbī(ə)l How to pronounce bile (audio) \

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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