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Main Entry: 1mel·an·choly
Pronunciation: primarystressmel-schwan-secondarystresskäl-emacron
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -chol·ies
Etymology: Middle English malencolie "melancholy," from early French melancolie (same meaning), from Latin melancholia (same meaning), from Greek melancholia "melancholy," literally, "black bile," from melan-, melas "black" and cholemacron "bile"; so called from the ancient belief that the condition was caused by an excess of what was thought to be black bile in the body --related to CHOLERIC, MELANIN --see Word History at HUMOR
: a sad or gloomy mood or condition

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