[kal-sif-er-uh s]

Origin of calciferous

First recorded in 1790–1800; calci- + -ferous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for calciferous

Historical Examples of calciferous

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for calciferous


  1. forming or producing salts of calcium, esp calcium carbonate
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