white-liv·​ered ˈ(h)wīt-ˈli-vərd How to pronounce white-livered (audio)

Word History


from the former belief that the choleric temperament depends on the body's producing large quantities of yellow bile

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of white-livered was in 1546

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“White-livered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white-livered. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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