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[kuh-lib-ee-it, -eyt]
  1. containing or impregnated with salts of iron, as a mineral spring or medicine.
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  1. a chalybeate water, medicine, or the like.
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Origin of chalybeate

1625–35; < New Latin chalybēātus, Latin chalybē(ïus) of steel (< Greek chalybēís, equivalent to chalybē-, variant stem of chályps iron + -is adj. suffix) + -ātus -ate1; see chalybite
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Examples from the Web for chalybeate

Historical Examples

  • Superstition has its season as well as sulphur-baths and chalybeate springs.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Hampstead was quite a health resort, with chalybeate springs.

  • I came here with Eliza to get her some of this chalybeate water.

    Old Kensington

    Miss Thackeray

  • I took a sip, and found it of the flavour of chalybeate springs.

    The King of Schnorrers

    Israel Zangwill

  • Twenty-one years of Chalybeate (a groan from the back of the room).

    The Passionate Elopement

    Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for chalybeate


  1. containing or impregnated with iron salts
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  1. any drug containing or tasting of iron
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Word Origin

C17: from New Latin chalybēātus, ultimately from khalups iron
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chalybeate in Medicine


  1. Impregnated with or containing iron salts.
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