how to pronounce phlegm


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phlegm is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of phlegm in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… a mouthful of phlegm into the man's face …”

meanings of phlegm


  1. One of the four humors making up the body in ancient and mediaeval medicine; said to be cold and moist, and often identified with mucus.
  2. Calmness of temperament, composure; also seen negatively, sluggishness, indifference.
  3. Viscid mucus produced by the body, later especially mucus expelled from the bronchial passages by coughing.
  4. A watery distillation, especially one obtained from plant matter; an aqueous solution.

phlegm frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word phlegm occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics phlegm can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that phlegm can be often used in the following areas:

1) food and health;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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