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Strong's #5521 - χολή

Root Word (Etymology)
from an equivalent perhaps akin to the same as (G5514) (from the greenish hue)
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. bile, gall
  2. in the OT used of other bitter things
    1. wormwood
    2. possibly myrrh
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 3939 ‑ לַעֲנָה (lah‑an‑aw');  4845 ‑ מְרֵרָה (mer‑ay‑raw');  7218 ‑ רֹאשׁ (roshe);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

χολή, ἡ,

gall, bile, Archil. 131, A. Ch. 184, E. Fr. 682, Th. 2.49, etc.; χ. μέλαινα black, i. e. diseased, bile, Hp. Aph. 4.23, Pl. Ti. 83c (but, = μελαγχολία, Men. Epit. 459); ξανθὴ χ. Hp. VM 19; πυρρά Gal. 15.658; χολὴν ἐμεῖν, βῆξαι, Nicopho 12, Herod. 3.70 (prob. l.): prov., πικρῷ πικρὰν κλύζουσι φαρμάκῳ χολήν S. Fr. 854; πικρότερ' αὐτῆς τῆς χ. Alex. 16.12; χολῇ ἀλείφειν, prov. of giving one a disgust for a thing, from the custom of mothers putting gall to the nipple when the child was to be weaned, Diph. 74.

2. pl. χολαί, gall-bladder, S. Ant. 1010; called δοχαὶ χολῆς, E. El. 828; also in sg., A. Pr. 495; χολὴν τῶν ζῴων τὰ μὲν ἔχει τὰ δ' οὐκ ἔχει Arist. HA 506a20, cf. PA 677b11.

3. metaph. (mostly in Poets) like χόλος (q. v.), bile, gall, i. e. bitter anger, wrath, Ar. Pax 66; ἢ γυναιξὶν οὐκ οἴει χολὴν ἐνεῖναι; Id. Lys. 465; οὐδεὶς χολὴν οὐδ' ὀργὴν ἔχων φανήσεται D. 25.27; πάνυ ἐστ' ἤδη χ. stirs my bile, makes me sick, Ar. Ra. 4; ἐπιζεῖ χ. the bile boils over, Id. Th. 468; χολὴν κινεῖν Id. V. 403, cf. Pherecr. 69.

II ink of the cuttle-fish, Nic. Al. 473, Th. 561.

III in LXX = Hebr. rôsh, a poisonous plant, variously called hemlock or poppy, Psalms 69:22(68).22, Jeremiah 8:14. serpent's venom, χ. ἀσπίδος ib. Job 20:14; of the hydra's venom, Apollod. 2.5.2, D.S. 4.11. bitter drink, Matthew 27:34. (With χολή, χόλος, cf. Lat. fel, ONorse gall, etc., 'bile, gall': prob. the name is derived from the colour of bile, and is cogn. with Lat. (h) olus, helvus, Germ. gelb 'yellow', perh. also χλόη.)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

χολή, χολῆς, (equivalent to χόλος, from χέω to pour out (now thought to be connected with χλόη, χλωρός, etc. 'yellowish green'; cf. Curtius, § 200; Vanicek, p. 247)), first found in Archilochus (8th century B.C.), afterward in Aeschylus and following.

1. bile, gall: Matthew 27:34 (cf. the Sept. Psalm 68:22 ()) (cf. B. D., under the word Gall); Acts 8:23 (on which see πικρία); for מְרֵרָה, Job 16:13.

2. in the O. T. it is also used of other bitter things; for לַעֲנָה, wormwood, Proverbs 5:4; Lamentations 3:15; hence, some understand the word in Matthew 27:34 to mean myrrh, on account of Mark 15:23; but see σμυρνίζω, 2; (B. D. as above).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

χολή , -ῆς , ,

[in LXX for H7218, H3939, H4845;]

gall: Matthew 27:34 (here prob. = myrrh, cf. Mark 15:23, v. Swete, in l; DCG, i, 634); metaph., Acts 8:23.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

";advantage,"; ";benefit."; The form ὠφέλια, which is read in Romans 3:1, Judges 1:16, was already classical, and is also found in the papyri and inscrr. (always in Attic inscrr., Meisterhans Gr. p. 56), e.g. P Oxy XII. 1409.11 (A.D. 278) τὴν γὰρ ἀπὸ τῶν ἔργων τούτων γεινομένην ὠϕ ̣[έλι ]α ̣ν πάντας ε ̣[ἰδέναι πέ ]πεισμαι, ";for I am persuaded that every one is aware of the benefit resulting from these works (sc. repairing of the dykes)"; (Edd.), ib. 1477.4 (question to an oracle-iii/iv A.D.) εἶ ἔχω ὠφέλιαν ἀπὸ τοῦ φίλου; ";am I to obtain benefit from my friend?"; Priene II.5 (c. B.C. 297) [πὸ τῆ ]ς ὠφελίας, and Cagnat IV. 946.11.


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List of Word Forms
χολή χολην χολήν χολὴν χολης χολής χολῆς χόλω χονδριτών cholen cholēn cholḕn choles cholês cholēs cholē̂s
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