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calcareous definition

Overview

Define the English word calcareous below. Calcareous is an adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English

Etymology

From Latin calcārius (of or pertaining to lime), derived from calx (lime). Similar to calcium.

Adjective

calcareous (comparative more calcareous, superlative most calcareous)

  1. Resembling or containing calcium carbonate or limestone; chalky.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 15:
      The traveller from the coast, who, after plodding northward for a score of miles over calcareous downs and corn-lands, suddenly reaches the verge of one of these escarpments[.]

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