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 Liver-vein (The).Liverpool. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Livered.
 
As, white-livered, lily-livered. Cowardly. In the auspices taken by the Greeks and Romans before battle, if the liver of the animals sacrificed was healthy and blood-red, the omen was favourable; but if pale it augured defeat.   1
       
“Thou lily-livered boy.”
       
Shakespeare: Macbeth v. 3.
 


 Liver-vein (The).Liverpool. 

 
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