Bile vs Bice - What's the difference?

bile | bice |

As an adverb bile

is even.

As a noun bice is

a pale blue pigment, prepared from the native blue carbonate of copper, or from smalt.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia bile)

Etymology 1

Mid 16th century, via (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • (biochemistry) A bitter brownish-yellow or greenish-yellow secretion produced by the liver, stored in the gall bladder, and discharged into the duodenum where it aids the process of digestion.
  • bitterness of temper; ill humour; irascibility.
  • Two of the four humours, black bile or yellow bile, in ancient and medieval physiology.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1890, author=Walter Scott, title=The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=I shall tire of my Journal if it is to contain nothing but biles and plasters and unguents. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1616, author=Alexander Roberts, title=A Treatise of Witchcraft, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=He spake out of the Pythonesse'', ''Act. 16. 17.'' brought downe fire from heauen, and consumed ''Iobs sheepe 7000. and his seruants, raised a storme, strooke the house wherein his sonnes and daughters feasted with their elder brother, smote the foure corners of it, with the ruine whereof they all were destroyed, and perished: and ouerspread the body of that holy Saint their father with botches[t] and biles from the sole of his foot to the crowne of his head. }}
    * gall
    Derived terms
    * bile duct * biliary * biliary tract * bilirubin * bilious * atrabilious * black bile * yellow bile

    Etymology 2

    Akin to (etyl) buil and (etyl) Beule.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A boil (kind of swelling).
  • (Webster 1913) ----



    Alternative forms

    * bise


  • A pale blue pigment, prepared from the native blue carbonate of copper, or from smalt.
  • A cobalt blue pigment.
  • Derived terms

    * bice blue * bice green

    See also