Definition of calenture in English:


Syllabification: cal·en·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈkalənˌCHo͝or


  • Feverish delirium supposedly caused by the heat in the tropics.
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    • 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'.

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