- of, containing, or like calcium carbonate; chalky: calcareous earth.
Origin of calcareous
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Everywhere was the universal whiteness of the calcareous deposit.The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen
Some of these trees had the most calcareous foundations anybody ever saw.A Jolly Fellowship
Frank R. Stockton
The tail is likewise covered with a series of calcareous rings.The Western World
If the soil is not calcareous by nature, it must be made so artificially.The Peanut Plant
B. W. Jones
The burrows are about an inch deep, and are lined with a calcareous deposit.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
- of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate; chalky
Word Origin for calcareous
Word Origin and History for calcareous
also calcarious, 1670s, from Latin calcarius "of lime," from calx (genitive calcis) "lime, limestone" (see chalk (n.)).
- Composed of, containing, or characteristic of calcium carbonate, calcium, or limestone; chalky.
- Composed of or containing calcium or calcium carbonate. Calcareous rocks contain as much as 50 percent calcium carbonate.