Calenture definition

kălən-cho͝or
A tropical fever once believed to be caused by the heat.
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Any fever caused, as in the tropics, by exposure to great heat.
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A tropical fever once believed to be caused by the heat.
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A heat stroke or fever, often suffered in the tropics.
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A delirium occurring from such symptoms, in which a stricken sailor pictures the sea as grassy meadows and wishes to dive overboard into them.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
calenture
Plural:
calentures

Origin of calenture

  • Spanish calentura from calentar to heat from Latin calēns calent- present participle of calēre to be warm kelə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French calenture, from Spanish calentura.

    From Wiktionary