Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bitter, alkaline, brownish-yellow or greenish-yellow fluid that is secreted by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and discharged into the duodenum and aids in the emulsification, digestion, and absorption of fats. Also called gall1.
  • n. Bitterness of temper; ill humor; irascibility.
  • n. Either of two bodily humors, black bile or yellow bile, in ancient and medieval physiology.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bitter brownish-yellow or greenish-yellow secretion produced by the liver, stored in the gall bladder, and discharged into the duodenum where it aids the process of digestion.
  • n. bitterness of temper; ill humour; irascibility.
  • n. Two of the four humours, black bile or yellow bile, in ancient and medieval physiology.
  • n. A boil (kind of swelling).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A yellow, or greenish, viscid fluid, usually alkaline in reaction, secreted by the liver. It passes into the intestines, where it aids in the digestive process. Its characteristic constituents are the bile salts, and coloring matters.
  • n. Bitterness of feeling; choler; anger; ill humor.
  • n. A boil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inflamed tumor; a boil. See boil.
  • n. A yellow bitter liquid secreted by the liver and collected by the biliary ducts to be conveyed into the duodenum.
  • n. Figuratively, ill nature; peevishness; bitterness of feeling: because the bile was fancied to be the seat of ill humor.
  • n. An obsolete form of bill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats

Etymologies

French, from Latin bīlis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Mid 16th century, via French, from Latin bīlis ("bile"). (Wiktionary)
Akin to Dutch buil and German Beule. (Wiktionary)

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