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lily-livered (adj.)

"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. Other similar expressions: lily-handed "having white, delicate hands," lily-faced "pale-faced; affectedly modest or sensitive."

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Definitions of lily-livered

lily-livered (adj.)
easily frightened;
Synonyms: chicken / chickenhearted / white-livered / yellow / yellow-bellied
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