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[lil-ee-liv-erd] /ˈlɪl iˈlɪv ərd/

weak or lacking in courage; cowardly; pusillanimous.
cowardly; timid

“cowardly,” 1605, in “Macbeth;” from lily (in its color sense of “pale, bloodless”) + liver (n.1), which was a supposed seat of love and passion. A healthy liver is typically dark reddish-brown.


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