Characterized by melancholy.
Origin of Atrabilious
From Latin ātra bīlis black bile (translation of Greek melankhōliā) ātra black āter- in Indo-European roots bīlis bile
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin ātra bīlis (“black bile”), from āter (“dark, black”), + bīlis (“bile”). Then the adjective suffix -ous (“full of”) was added.
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