• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bilious irritable as if suffering from indigestion
    • adj bilious suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress
    • adj bilious relating to or containing bile
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bilious Choleric; passionate; ill tempered. "A bilious old nabob."
    • Bilious Disordered in respect to the bile; troubled with an excess of bile; as, a bilious patient; dependent on, or characterized by, an excess of bile; as, bilious symptoms.
    • Bilious Of or pertaining to the bile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bilious Of or pertaining to, or partaking of the nature of, bile.
    • bilious In pathology, noting, subject to, or characterized by a disordered condition of the system, once supposed to depend on a derangement of the secretion of bile, marked by anorexia, furred tongue, a bad taste in the mouth, dull headache, drowsiness, disturbed sleep, with general malaise and depression. It is peculiarly amenable to mercurial cathartics. This state seems to depend on a subacute dyspepsia, with possibly a derangement of the elaborative functions of the liver.
    • bilious Suffering from biliousness.
    • bilious Figuratively, choleric; testy; cross.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bilious pertaining to or affected by bile
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. biliosus, fr. bilis, bile
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. bilis.


In literature:

The diarrhoea continued; his stools were bilious and very offensive; and he complained of griping pains in his bowels.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
The moonlight biliously smudged her face, and I noticed her staring eyes.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
His hue and temperament are plentifully bilious; he has a saturnine eye; his cheek is of a dark blue where he has been shaven.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
However, it does suggest the inexpressible biliousness of the theme.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, June 2, 1920" by Various
When the Case was complicated with bilious Symptoms in the Beginning, we were obliged to have particular Regard to the first Passages.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
During these hours I had a bilious attack, and was sick enough to die, but the tents were all down, and there was no chance to baby me.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
An oil lamp reeked upon the earthen floor and threw its bilious rays little further than the blankets spread out upon either side of it.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
While at this prison Lieutenant John M. Waters was taken sick with bilious fever.
"History of the Sixteenth Connecticut Volunteers" by B. F. Blakeslee
Am I so dreadfully bilious-looking?
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
I find I am less bilious on two meals a day.
"Command" by William McFee

In poetry:

They are admitted to be worth a guinea a box
For bilious and nervous disorders, also smallpox,
And dizziness and drowsiness, also cold chills,
And for such diseases nothing else can equal Beecham's Pills
"Beecham's Pills" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

In response to the above segment, Salon writer Glenn Greenwald sums up former Tennessee congressman Harold Ford Jr in terms that rival Hunter S Thompson's bilious Richard Nixon qualifiers.
When the season one finale of AMC's crime drama The Killing aired last June, it was met with outrage from fans and critics alike: Seething tweets, bilious recaps, and several demands for the head of showrunner Veena Sud.
One is grey and the other a bilious yellow.
's brief, bilious self-titled album forcefully updates classic hardcore tropes.
Beginning with a bilious toast and ending with a group hug, Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, her fourth film, expertly makes us squirm for about half its running time only to soothe us with empty pop-psych declarations.
Dogs that vomit bile in the morning before eating may have bilious vomiting syndrome.