- an imagined substance to which the phenomena of burning and oxidation were formerly attributed
- Archaic heat
Origin of caloricFrench calorique from Classical Latin calor: see calorie
- of heat
- of or pertaining to calories
- Of or relating to heat: the caloric effect of sunlight.
- Of or relating to calories: the caloric content of foods.
A hypothetically indestructible, uncreatable, highly elastic, self-repellent, all-pervading fluid formerly thought responsible for the production, possession, and transfer of heat.
Origin of caloricFrench calorique from Latin calor heat ; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more caloric, superlative most caloric)