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 for Gall sickness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gall \Gall\ (g[add]l), n.[OE. galle, gal, AS. gealla; akin to D.
     gal, OS. & OHG. galla, Icel. gall, SW. galla, Dan. galde, L.
     fel, Gr. ?, and prob. to E. yellow. [root]49. See Yellow,
     and cf. Choler]
     1. (Physiol.) The bitter, alkaline, viscid fluid found in the
        gall bladder, beneath the liver. It consists of the
        secretion of the liver, or bile, mixed with that of the
        mucous membrane of the gall bladder.
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     2. The gall bladder.
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     3. Anything extremely bitter; bitterness; rancor.
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              He hath . . . compassed me with gall and travail.
                                                    --Lam. iii. 5.
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              Comedy diverted without gall.         --Dryden.
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     4. Impudence; brazen assurance. [Slang]
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     Gall bladder (Anat.), the membranous sac, in which the
        bile, or gall, is stored up, as secreted by the liver; the
        cholecystis. See Illust. of Digestive apparatus.
     Gall duct, a duct which conveys bile, as the cystic duct,
        or the hepatic duct.
     Gall sickness, a remitting bilious fever in the
        Netherlands. --Dunglison.
     Gall of the earth (Bot.), an herbaceous composite plant
        with variously lobed and cleft leaves, usually the
        Prenanthes serpentaria.
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