from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Informal Pain in the stomach or bowels.
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- n. Anxiety, fear
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- n. severe gastroenteritis of unknown etiology; characterized by severe colic and vomiting and diarrhea
Probably alteration (influenced by colic and wobble) of cholera morbus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested 1823, presumably from colic + wobble. Alternative theories are that it derives from colly ("coal dust"), via the putative sense “ill from breathing coal dust,” or that it is a corruption of cholera. The first attestation (a mention, not a usage) is in the 1823 edition of A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. (Wiktionary)