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"Rhynocoris iracundus", a bilious beetle, with rostrum ready to sting.

EtymologyEdit

From French bilieux, from Latin bīliōsus (full of bile), from bīlis (bile) + -ōsus (full of).

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bilious (comparative more bilious, superlative most bilious)

  1. Suffering from real or supposed liver disorder, thus making one ill-natured.
  2. Of or pertaining to something containing or consisting of bile.
  3. Irritable or bad tempered; irascible.
    • Macaulay
      a bilious old nabob
    • 1934 George Orwell, Burmese Days:
      The boarders, sharp-tongued bilious widows, pursued the only man in the establishment, a mild, bald creature who worked in La Samaritaine [] "

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