Definition of calenture in English:


Line breaks: cal¦en|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈkal(ə)ntjʊə


[mass noun]
  • Feverish delirium formerly thought of as afflicting sailors 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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