One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An emotion or trait believed to be determined by the humour choler (now historical); anger, bad temper; a fit of this.
2Medicine disease attributed to an excess of choler, specifically = "cholera morbus" (now historical).
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. After post-classical Latin cholerica passio; compare Middle French colerique passion.
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