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bilious suffering from an excess of bile or malfunction of the liver. [3 definitions]
bilirubin a reddish-yellow pigment that is formed from the breakdown of heme. Elevated levels in blood are responsible for the yellow color in bruises and in jaundice.
bilk to defraud or swindle, esp. by avoiding due or promised payment. [3 definitions]
bill1 a written statement listing items or services and their cost. [7 definitions]
bill2 the parts of a bird's jaw that form the beak. [3 definitions]
billabong in Australia, a pool formed by a backwater channel of a stream.
bill and coo to kiss, cuddle, and whisper sweetly, as lovers.
billboard a board for displaying outdoor advertisements or notices, esp. next to highways.
Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001) and, previously, Governor of Arkansas for several terms; born William Jefferson Blythe III, subsequently William Jefferson Clinton (b.1946).
billet1 nonmilitary lodging assigned to troops, esp. in a private home. [6 definitions]
billet2 a short chunk of wood, esp. one cut for firewood. [4 definitions]
billet-doux a love letter.
billfold a folding case for carrying paper money, often of leather and usu. small enough to fit into a pocket; wallet.
billhook a sharp curved or hooked tool used for pruning, cutting, and clearing brush.
billiard of, pertaining to, or used in billiards. [2 definitions]
billiards (used with a sing. verb) a game played on a cloth-covered rectangular table that has a cushioned rim, in which players use a long cue stick to drive hard balls against one another or into pockets at the edges and corners of the table. (Cf. pool2.)
Billie Holiday U.S. jazz singer, also known as Lady Day; born Eleanora Fagan (b.1915--d.1959).
billing the order or size of performers' names as they appear on a printed program, screen credits, or the like, taken as a sign of relative status or importance. [3 definitions]
billingsgate vulgar, abusive language.
billion the number represented by the Arabic numeral 1,000,000,000. [5 definitions]
billionaire one whose wealth amounts to at least a billion dollars, pounds, francs, or the like.