Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Bilious

1. biliary.

2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of biliousness.

3. formerly, of or pertaining to a temperament characterized by a quick, irritable temper.

4. of or pertaining to one of Galen’s four types of human temperament, classified on the basis of the theory of humors.

See lymphatic, melancholic, and sanguineous.

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