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  • n. A medicine supposed to expel black bile or choler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A medicine supposed to expel black bile or choler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A medicine supposed to expel black bile or choler.

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  • Proximately from French; ultimately from Greek melan- "black", agôg- "drawing, leading".

    August 6, 2008

  • From French mélanagogue, purge for melancholy; a medicine supposed to expel black bile.

    August 6, 2008