The Closing Word: Bilious

The Closing Word: BiliousThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (BILL-yus)

1. irritable as if suffering from indigestion
2. suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress
3. relating to or containing bile
4. a sickly shade of green

From “The wonderfully descriptive word bilious comes from the root bile, which is a foul green fluid made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder — a fact that helps us picture something described as bilious as being really foul. Because of the connection with bile, we often refer to something that’s an ugly shade of green as being bilious. Of course, the word can also be more kindly applied to someone who has a liver or gall bladder disorder.”

“The bilious old carpet in the living room needed to go before we could take photos for the listing.”


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