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[kuh-lib-ee-it, -eyt] /kəˈlɪb i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
containing or impregnated with salts of iron, as a mineral spring or medicine.
a chalybeate water, medicine, or the like.
Origin of chalybeate
1625-35; < New Latin chalybēātus, Latin chalybē(ïus) of steel (< Greek chalybēís, equivalent to chalybē-, variant stem of chályps iron + -is adj. suffix) + -ātus -ate1; see chalybite Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chalybeate
Historical Examples
  • Superstition has its season as well as sulphur-baths and chalybeate springs.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Hampstead was quite a health resort, with chalybeate springs.

  • I came here with Eliza to get her some of this chalybeate water.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
  • I took a sip, and found it of the flavour of chalybeate springs.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • Twenty-one years of chalybeate (a groan from the back of the room).

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • It is a tonic or chalybeate, and, as this goes to press, is being retubed.

  • Some of the springs are chalybeate, others sulphurous or iodinous, and all are highly charged with carbonic acid gas.

  • There is a place on the road where iron sand is dug, and whence runs a chalybeate spring, which leaves settlings of ochre.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
  • The antidote was excellent; cooling, fortifying; 'quite a chalybeate,' her aunt would say, and she was thankful.

  • The baths do not concern me, as they are chalybeate; but they seem very effectual in many cases.

    Letters from the Cape Lady Duff Gordon
British Dictionary definitions for chalybeate


containing or impregnated with iron salts
any drug containing or tasting of iron
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin chalybēātus, ultimately from khalups iron
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chalybeate in Medicine

chalybeate cha·lyb·e·ate (kā-lĭb'ē-ĭt)
Impregnated with or containing iron salts.

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