calcareous

[ kal-kair-ee-uhs ]

adjective
  1. of, containing, or like calcium carbonate; chalky: calcareous earth.

Origin of calcareous

1
1670–80; variant of calcarious <Latin calcārius of lime; see calx, -ary

Other words from calcareous

  • cal·car·e·ous·ly, adverb
  • cal·car·e·ous·ness, noun
  • non·cal·car·e·ous, adjective
  • sub·cal·car·e·ous, adjective
  • un·cal·car·e·ous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for calcareous

calcareous

/ (kælˈkɛərɪəs) /


adjective
  1. of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate; chalky

Origin of calcareous

1
C17: from Latin calcārius, from calx lime

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Scientific definitions for calcareous

calcareous

[ kăl-kârē-əs ]


  1. Composed of or containing calcium or calcium carbonate. Calcareous rocks contain as much as 50 percent calcium carbonate.

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