[kal-uh n-cher, -choo r]
- Pathology. a violent fever with delirium, affecting persons in the tropics.
Origin of calenture
1585–95; earlier calentura < Spanish: fever, equivalent to calent(ar) to heat (< Latin calent-, stem of calēns, present participle of calēre to be hot) + -ura -ure
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Examples from the Web for calenture
They presently catch fever, or a calenture, or a cramp, and so they die.For Faith and Freedom
But who will judge a man's constitution by the symptoms of calenture?St George's Cross
H. G. Keene
A new world seemed to open before her longing gaze—a world, or a calenture, a mirage?Robert Falconer
The evidence relative to yellow fever, or calenture, during this period in Virginia is contradictory.Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699
Thomas P. Hughes
Calenture, kal′en-tūr, n. a kind of fever or delirium occurring on board ship in hot climates.
- a mild fever of tropical climates, similar in its symptoms to sunstroke
C16: from Spanish calentura fever, ultimately from Latin calēre to be warm
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