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I finds un fine to hunt with, and 'tis not so costive as the others.

He took no other medicine, except a little rhubarb when costive.

The stool may be normal or costive, but is very often diarrhoetic.

The hawk is costive, and opens her beak often, as if gasping for more air.

As one says, "What is more offensive than the breath of a costive child?"

Costive, kos′tiv, adj. having the motion of the bowels too slow: constipated.

If they are costive, put in a little melted lard, or some kind of inoffensive oil.

Next Day, the 21st, her Blood appeared very sizy, and she complained of having been costive for some Days.

As he was costive, pills of aloes and steel were ordered to be taken occasionally.

I was of a costive, dyspeptic habit, which has been entirely removed.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Middle French costivé, from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation).

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