- Obs. bile: in medieval times yellow bile was considered to be one of the four humors of the body and the source of anger and irritability
- Now Rare anger or ill humor
Origin of choleraltered (by analogy with Classical Latin forms) from Middle English and Old French colre from Classical Latin cholera: see cholera
- Anger; irritability.
- a. One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause anger and bad temper when present in excess; yellow bile.b. Obsolete The quality and condition of being bilious.
Origin of cholerMiddle English colre from Old French from Latin cholera cholera, jaundice from Greek kholera from kholē bile ; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural cholers)