calcareous

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Learned borrowing from Latin calcārius (of or pertaining to lime), derived from calx (lime). Similar to calcium.

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  • IPA(key): /kælˈkɛəɹiəs/
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calcareous (comparative more calcareous, superlative most calcareous)

  1. Resembling or containing calcium carbonate or limestone; chalky.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 15:
      The traveller from the coast, who, after plodding northward for a score of miles over calcareous downs and corn-lands, suddenly reaches the verge of one of these escarpments[.]

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