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calciferous

[kal-sif-er-uh s] /kælˈsɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
forming salts of calcium, especially calcium carbonate.
2.
containing calcium carbonate.
Origin of calciferous
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; calci- + -ferous
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Examples from the Web for calciferous
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  • The front pair is the œsophageal pouches; the next two pairs are the œsophageal or calciferous glands.

  • There seems to be but little doubt, however, that part of the series is equivalent to the calciferous of other regions.

  • The calciferous lake of Tartarus formerly existed, just beyond, but 318 is now dried up.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • In Microscolex, Chilota and Yagansia, moreover, there is a further degeneration in the disappearance of the calciferous glands.

    Earthworms and their Allies Frank E. Beddard
British Dictionary definitions for calciferous

calciferous

/kælˈsɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
forming or producing salts of calcium, esp calcium carbonate
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