from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mixture of sodium glycocholate and taurocholate isolated from the bile, constituting a gummy mass of a pale-yellow color.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol. Chem.) A name applied to the amorphous or crystalline mass obtained from bile by the action of alcohol and ether. It is composed of a mixture of the sodium salts of the bile acids.

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  • noun biochemistry Any of various biological pigments formed in many organisms as a metabolic product of certain porphyrins.


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  • While Uncle Eb was giving his views on food, he was hurriedly "bilin '" coffee, frying unlimited flapjacks, and breaking up some crystal cakes of maple sugar, which he melted into a sirup, and poured over them.

    Camp and Trail A Story of the Maine Woods Isabel Hornibrook

  • I'll wash the hull kit an 'bilin' of 'em up after supper.

    Janice Day at Poketown Helen Beecher Long

  • "They 'uz all birds o' paradise! the whole kit an 'bilin'! by reason 'at this _wah_ a paradise them days, this-yeh whole' Azoo Delta, which you, suh" -- the speaker turned to Gilmore with reviving spleen.

    Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi George Washington Cable 1884

  • And when she cools down a month after, and I got to strip her, there was a hole in the yearth, and a spring o 'bilin', scaldin 'water pourin' out of it ez big as your waist.

    Flip, a California romance Bret Harte 1869

  • "I'd go with yer, but I smell somethin 'bilin' over now."

    The Girl at Cobhurst Frank Richard Stockton 1868

  • The pot hadn't bin idle all the time; it kep 'bilin' away, pottle, wottle, pottle, wottle.

    Fisher's River (North Carolina) Scenes and Characters 1859

  • Billy had said this in joke, for he had never conceived of such a thing as a spring of hot water, but he found that his jest might have been said in earnest, for the spring was almost "bilin '," and caused the

    Shifting Winds A Tough Yarn 1859

  • Your dickeys sorrin 'off your ears, an' bilin 'to be thru;

    The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell James Russell Lowell 1855

  • -- git 'em right mad, an 'let the whole kit an' bilin '

    Tiger-Lilies. A Novel. 1867

  • "An 'the ould mother fox she lifted the lid o' the pot, and the rashkill untied the bag, and hild it over the pot o 'bilin' wather, an 'shuk in the big, heavy shtone.

    Faith Gartney's Girlhood 1865


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