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noun 
  1. viscid, Viscid mucus secreted in the respiratory and digestive passages.
  2. A watery distilled liquor, in distinction from a spirituous liquor.
  3. One of the four humors of which the ancients supposed the blood to be composed.
  4. sluggishness, Sluggishness of temperament; dullness; want of interest; indifference; coldness.
Translations: 
  • French: phlegme (1), glaire (1)
  • Italian: espettorato
    (trans-mid)
  • Spanish: flema
    (trans-bottom)
Etymology: From w:French language, Frenchcategory:French derivations phlegme, flegme, w:Latin, Latin phlegma, from w:Greek language, Greek a flame, inflammation, phlegm, a morbid, clammy humor in the body, ''to burn. Compare with phlox, flagrant, flame, bleak (adjective), and fulminate.


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