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gall and wormwood

Strong feelings of bitterness and resentment. ("Gall" is bile and "wormwood" is a bitter plant.) Ever since I lost the election for school president, I only feel gall and wormwood when I think of my unworthy opponent.
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dip (one's) pen in gall

To write something that conveys one's animosity, anger, or malice. The critic must have dipped his pen in gall before writing that very negative review.
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wormwood and gall

Bitterness, resentment, disappointment, or humiliation; a figurative source of such feelings. Let me tell you, the life of a book publisher is full of wormwood and gall these days. My aunt relished cruel, embittered opinions on people and the world, seeming to prefer feasting on wormwood and gall than the many joys life brings.
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have the gall to do something

Fig. to have sufficient arrogance to do something. I bet you don't have the gall to argue with the mayor. Only Jane has the gall to ask the boss for a second raise this month.
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dip your pen in gall

write unpleasantly or spitefully.
Gall is another word for bile, the bitter secretion of the liver; it is used in many places in the Bible as a metaphor for bitterness or affliction. See also wormwood and gall (at wormwood).
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wormwood and gall

a source of bitter mortification and grief. literary
Gall is bile, a substance secreted by the liver and proverbial for its bitterness, while wormwood is an aromatic plant with a bitter taste. The expression originated in reference to various passages in the Bible, for example Lamentations 3:19: ‘Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall’.
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Comparing non-galled leaves (NGL), non-galled portions of galled leaves (PGL), and galls (G), the nitrogen content did not vary throughout the year, except in October-December, when the contents in PGL were higher than in NGL (Table 1).
The nutritional analyses of galled together with its neighboring tissues in A.
For galled segments, the disc was cut so as to include the gall in the center of the disc.
quercina is acting as a defensive mutualist, galled leaves may undergo an induced change that makes them more susceptible to infection, which in turn would result in higher B.
Both continuous and discontinuous variation for resistance to galling appeared among the willow clones at high midge density, as measured by number of leaves galled per shoot (Fig.
Galled leaves per shoot and galls per leaf decreased over time, as the outbreak subsided.
The major result of the present measurement of photosynthetic capacity is the somewhat unexpected observation that photosynthetic performance of galled and healthy tissue was rather similar.
cinale) galled by Phanacis taraxci (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae).
To measure herbivore impacts on plant growth and reproduction, we compiled numbers of shoots and inflorescences per ramet by herbivory type (browsed, galled or both), and analyzed these responses using one way analysis of variance.
To assess the effects of fire on the distribution of Periploca ceanothiella galls within Ceanothus herbaceous, we compiled shoot length frequency distributions for galled and undamaged shoots in each watershed.
Data from wild plants indicated that gall abortion rates were lowest at densely galled sites such as TS2 and highest at sites with few galls such as UTB [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 3 OMITTED].
Plants (n = 120) were randomly assigned to be galled, receive extra water, or receive extra nutrients, in a fully factorial, randomized complete block design.
The greatest response occurred in galled + watered + fertilized plants.
of Total gall species plant species Myrtaceous soil P All Complex All Galled tree (mg/kg) species species species species species(*) 65 29 21 42 15 3 100 23 20 87 12 3 103 23 17 83 6 3 110 17 14 89 10 4 216 7 4 70 3 0 650 8 3 41 6 0 786 10 6 86 1 1 961 5 2 26 4 0
Aphid species Position of source Treat- on galled (sinks) leaflets relative to ment leaflet the sinks