What does the word phlegm mean?

Usage examples for phlegm

  1. In general, my musical pleasures suffer terrible abatements from the phlegm and stupidity of my neighbourhood, but here every one seemed to catch the flame, and to listen with reciprocal delight. – Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents by William Beckford
  2. What was my Lord Roscommon's Precept, was Virgil's Practice, To write with Fury, but correct with Phlegm: Things very consistent in their own Nature. – The Preface to the Aeneis of Virgil (1718) by Joseph Trapp
  3. Hontvet described, with the phlegm of his race, the appearance of the house on the morning of the tragedy: " Karen lay dere; Annethe lay here," he said. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake

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