Feverish delirium formerly thought of as afflicting sailors in the tropics.
More example sentences
- The crowning description of the illness called calenture is in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.
late 16th century: from French, from Spanish calentura 'fever', from calentar 'be hot', based on Latin calere 'be warm'.
Definition of calenture in:
- The US English dictionary