[kuh-lib-ee-it, -eyt]


containing or impregnated with salts of iron, as a mineral spring or medicine.


a chalybeate water, medicine, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. chalone,
  2. chalukya,
  3. chalumeau,
  4. chalupa,
  5. chalutz,
  6. chalybite,
  7. cham,
  8. chamade,
  9. chamaedorea,
  10. chamaeleon

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chalybeate



containing or impregnated with iron salts


any drug containing or tasting of iron

Word Origin for chalybeate

C17: from New Latin chalybēātus, ultimately from khalups iron

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Medicine definitions for chalybeate




Impregnated with or containing iron salts.

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