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calcareous

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cal·car·e·ous  (kăl-kâr′ē-əs)
adj.
Composed of, containing, or characteristic of calcium carbonate, calcium, or limestone; chalky.

[From Latin calcārius, from calx, calc-, lime; see calx.]

cal·car′e·ous·ly adv.

calcareous (kælˈkɛərɪəs)
adj
1. (Chemistry) of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate; chalky
[C17: from Latin calcārius, from calx lime]

cal•car•e•ous (kælˈkɛər i əs)

adj.
of, containing, or like calcium carbonate; chalky: calcareous earth.
[1670–80; variant of calcarious < Latin calcārius for burning lime]
cal•car′e•ous•ly, adv.

calcareous  (kăl-kâr′ē-əs)
Composed of or containing calcium or calcium carbonate. Calcareous rocks contain as much as 50 percent calcium carbonate.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Adj.1.calcareous - composed of or containing or resembling calcium carbonate or calcite or chalk
Translations
calcareous [kælˈkɛərɪəs] ADJcalcáreo
cal·car·e·ous
n.  calcáreo, que contiene calcio o cal;  ___ cataract → catarata calcárea;  ___ degeneration → ___ degeneration.


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Soon the nature of the soil changed; to the sandy plain succeeded an extent of slimy mud which the Americans call "ooze," composed of equal parts of silicious and calcareous shells.
Immense accumulations of bird-guano gave the sides of Mount Mendif the appearance of calcareous rocks, and there was enough of the deposit there to manure all the lands in the United Kingdom.
Porthos, placing his back against the neighboring rock, made an arch with his foot, which drove the block out of the calcareous masses which served for hinges and cramps.
 
 
 
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