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

  Phlegm \Phlegm\ (fl[e^]m), n. [F. phlegme, flegme, L. phlegma,
     fr. Gr. fle`gma a flame, inflammation, phlegm, a morbid,
     clammy humor in the body, fr. fle`gein to burn. Cf. Phlox,
     Flagrant, Flame, Bleak, a., and Fluminate.]
     1. One of the four humors of which the ancients supposed the
        blood to be composed. See Humor. --Arbuthnot.
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     2. (Physiol.) Viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in
        the respiratory and digestive passages.
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     3. (Old Chem.) A watery distilled liquor, in distinction from
        a spirituous liquor. --Crabb.
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     4. Sluggishness of temperament; dullness; want of interest;
        indifference; coldness.
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              They judge with fury, but they write with phlegm.
                                                    --Pope.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  phlegm
      n 1: apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
           [syn: emotionlessness, impassivity, impassiveness,
           phlegm, indifference, stolidity, unemotionality]
      2: expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the
         respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it
         was believed to cause sluggishness [syn: phlegm, sputum]
      3: inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy; "the general
         appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends" [syn:
         languor, lethargy, sluggishness, phlegm, flatness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  112 Moby Thesaurus words for "phlegm":
     acedia, aloofness, apathy, ataraxia, ataraxy, benumbedness, blah,
     blahs, boredom, calmness, chyle, colostrum, comatoseness,
     composure, coolness, detachment, discharge, disinterest,
     dispassion, drowsiness, dullness, enervation, ennui, fatigue,
     gleet, heartlessness, heaviness, hebetude, hopelessness, humor,
     ichor, impassivity, imperturbability, inanimation, inappetence,
     indifference, insensibility, insouciance, jadedness, lachryma,
     lack of appetite, lackadaisicalness, lactation, languidness,
     languishment, languor, languorousness, lassitude, lenitude, lentor,
     lethargicalness, lethargy, leukorrhea, lifelessness, listlessness,
     lymph, matter, milk, mucor, mucus, nonchalance, numbness,
     oscitancy, passiveness, passivity, peccant humor, phlegmaticalness,
     phlegmaticness, plucklessness, purulence, pus, resignation,
     resignedness, rheum, saliva, sangfroid, sanies, satedness,
     self-possession, serous fluid, serum, sleepiness, sloth,
     slothfulness, slowness, sluggishness, snot, somnolence, sopor,
     soporifousness, spiritlessness, spunklessness, stoicism, stolidity,
     stupefaction, stupor, supineness, suppuration, sweat, tear,
     teardrop, the whites, torpidity, torpidness, torpitude, torpor,
     unconcern, unresponsiveness, urine, weariness, withdrawnness,
     world-weariness
  
  

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