Definition of calenture in English:
Feverish delirium supposedly caused by the heat in the tropics.
- 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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