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calenture

Syllabification: cal·en·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈkalənˌCHər
 
/

Definition of calenture in English:

noun

Feverish delirium supposedly caused by the heat in the tropics.
Example sentences
  • The crowning description of the illness called calenture is in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.

Origin

late 16th century: from French, from Spanish calentura 'fever', from calentar 'be hot', based on Latin calere 'be warm'.

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