What does the word colic mean?

Usage examples for colic

  1. Fain would I entertain the reader with the triumphant campaign of Peter Stuyvesant in the haunted regions of those mountains, but that I hold all Indian conflicts to be mere barbaric brawls, unworthy of the pen which has recorded the classic war of Fort Christina; and as to these Helderberg commotions, they are among the flatulencies which from time to time afflict the bowels of this ancient province, as with a wind- colic, and which I deem it seemly and decent to pass over in silence. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving
  2. Moreover, a nobody who, if he be male wears, in nine cases in ten, a red necktie and a linen duster to his heel; if she be female hath soiled hose to her calf, and in her face a premonition of colic to come. – The Fiend's Delight by Dod Grile
  3. The bark or yellow skin which clothes the inner nut is a notable remedy for colic, being given when dried and powdered, in a dose of thirty or forty grains mixed with some carminative water; and the same powder will help to expel worms. – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie

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