[ kal-uh n-cher, -choo r ]
/ ˈkæl ən tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər /


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
Related formscal·en·tu·ral, cal·en·tu·rish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for calenture


/ (ˈkælənˌtjʊə) /


a mild fever of tropical climates, similar in its symptoms to sunstroke

Word Origin for calenture

C16: from Spanish calentura fever, ultimately from Latin calēre to be warm
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