Part of speech: noun

Mucus, as in the air passages.

Part of speech: noun

Apathy; indifference.

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Usage examples "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", Robert Kerr.
  2. A coughball of laughter leaped from his throat dragging after it a rattling chain of phlegm. - "Ulysses", 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", C. Loyal.