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phlegm

  

      n  
1    the viscid mucus secreted by the walls of the respiratory tract  
2    Archaic   one of the four bodily humours  
3    apathy; stolidity; indifference  
4    self-possession; imperturbability; coolness  
     (C14: from Old French fleume, from Late Latin phlegma, from Greek: inflammation, from phlegein to burn)  
  phlegmy      adj  
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