chol·er·ic (kŏlə-rĭk, kə-lĕrĭk)
a. Easily angered; bad-tempered.
b. Archaic Having choler as the dominant humor in terms of medieval physiology.
2. Showing or expressing anger: choleric remarks.
choler·i·cal·ly, choler·ic·ly adv.
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