One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bile (as one of the four humours of ancient and medieval physiology).
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. After post-classical Latin cholera rubea; compare ancient Greek ξανθὴ χολή (Hippocrates), Hellenistic Greek πυρρὰ χολή (Galen).
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