What does the word phlegm mean?

Usage examples for phlegm

  1. They seem to be a docile, courteous, good- natured people; but, notwithstanding the predominant phlegm of their tempers, quick in resenting what they look upon as an injury, and, like most other passionate people, as soon forgetting it. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  2. A coughball of laughter leaped from his throat dragging after it a rattling chain of phlegm. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. If he is kept from excitement and gets rid of all that phlegm which has accumulated in his lungs, he will be well enough. – The Squatter and the Don by C. Loyal