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calcareous definition


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



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


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[.]