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CHOLLER, Choler, Chuller, Chulder, Chiller, n. Mostly used in pl. Found also in Eng. dial. See also Chirle. [′tʃɔlər, ′tʃʌlər, ′tʃɪlər]

1. The fleshy lower part of the face, esp. when fat and hanging; “a double-chin” (Sc. 1808 Jam., choler; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 134, chollers, chulders); “the sides of the neck” (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn., chollers, chillers). Known to Abd.9 1940. Abd.(D) 1767 R. Forbes Jnl. from London (1869) 10:
A thick, setterel, swown pallach, wi' a great chuller oner his cheeks, like an ill scraped haggis.

2. “The gills of a fish” (Upper Clydes., Rxb. 1825 Jam.2; Dmf. Ib., chullers, s.v. choler). Given for Rxb. by Watson in W.-B. (1923), obsol.

3. “The wattles of a cock” (Ayr.4 1928; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

[O.Sc. chollare, the flesh under the jaw, the jowl, c.1500–c.1512 (D.O.S.T.). Phs. from O.E. ceolor, the throat (Sweet); cogn. O.H.Ger. këla, Mod.Ger. kehle. On the other hand, N.E.D. thinks that it may be related to cholle, an early form of Eng. chowl, mod. jowl.]

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