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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
  • I took a sip, and found it of the flavour of chalybeate springs.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • I came here with Eliza to get her some of this chalybeate water.

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

  • Twenty-one years of chalybeate (a groan from the back of the room).

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • The waters of most of these springs are chalybeate, with a large proportion of sulphuric acid combined with the iron.

    The South-West Jonathon Holt Ingraham
  • 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 chalybeate or tonic waters are liable to cause headache when taken before breakfast.

  • I always bring her, when we are by a chalybeate, to take the waters before breakfast.

  • A chalybeate spring in this neighbourhood is much celebrated for its medicinal qualities.

  • "I have heard something about you which is very painful," she said one day as they sat together beside the chalybeate spring.

    The Lost Guidon Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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