[in-tur-kuh-ler-ee, in-ter-kal-uh-ree]


interpolated; interposed.
inserted or interpolated in the calendar, as an extra day or month.
having such an inserted day, month, etc., as a particular year.

Nearby words

  1. interborough,
  2. interbrain,
  3. interbreed,
  4. interbroker dealer,
  5. intercadence,
  6. intercalary meristem,
  7. intercalary neuron,
  8. intercalate,
  9. intercalated,
  10. intercalated disk

Origin of intercalary

1605–15; < Latin intercalārius, equivalent to intercal(āre) to intercalate + -ārius -ary

Related formsin·ter·ca·lar·i·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intercalary



(of a day, month, etc) inserted in the calendar
(of a particular year) having one or more days inserted
inserted, introduced, or interpolated
botany growing between the upper branches and the lower branches or bracts on a stem
Derived Formsintercalarily, adverb

Word Origin for intercalary

C17: from Latin intercalārius; see intercalate

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Word Origin and History for intercalary



1610s, from Latin intercalarius, from intercalare (see intercalate).

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Medicine definitions for intercalary


[ĭn-tûrkə-lĕr′ē, ĭn′tər-kălə-rē]


Occurring between two others, as an upstroke between two normal pulse beats in a pulse tracing.

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