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  1. irascibility; anger; wrath; irritability.
  2. Old Physiology. yellow bile.
  3. Obsolete. biliousness.

Origin of choler

1350–1400; Middle English colera < Medieval Latin, Latin cholera < Greek choléra cholera
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British Dictionary definitions for cholers


  1. anger or ill humour
  2. archaic one of the four bodily humours; yellow bileSee humour (def. 8)
  3. obsolete biliousness

Word Origin

C14: from Old French colère, from Medieval Latin cholera, from Latin: jaundice, cholera
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Word Origin and History for cholers



late 14c., "bile," as one of the humors, supposed to cause irascibility or temper, from Old French colere "bile, anger," from Late Latin cholera "bile" (see cholera).

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cholers in Medicine


  1. Anger; irritability.
  2. One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause anger and bad temper when present in excess.yellow bile
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