calcareous


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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
(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.

cal·car·e·ous

(kăl-kâr′ē-əs)
Composed of or containing calcium or calcium carbonate. Many carbonate rocks are calcareous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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;
___ cataractcatarata calcárea;
___ degeneration___ degeneration.
References in classic literature ?
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.
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, is surprised and delighted to behold, extended like a map beneath him, a country differing absolutely from that which he has passed through.
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.
Upon examination this white stratum is found to consist of calcareous matter with numerous shells embedded, most or all of which now exist on the neighbouring coast.
The branching bodies so closely resembled in general appearance certain nulliporae (a family of hard calcareous sea-plants), that in lately looking hastily over my collection I did not perceive the difference.
As this species has a thick calcareous operculum, I removed it, and when it had formed a new membranous one, I immersed it for fourteen days in sea-water, and it recovered and crawled away: but more experiments are wanted on this head.
When I think of the sweet-tasted swans and other ingenious white shapes crunched by the small teeth of that rising generation, I am glad to remember that a certain amount of calcareous food has been held good for young creatures whose bones are not quite formed; for I have observed these delicacies to have an inorganic flavour which would have recommended them greatly to that young lady of the Spectator's acquaintance who habitually made her dessert on the stems of tobacco-pipes.
The hole was completed to a depth of 563.00 metres within the calcareous siltstones of the Road River Group.
The mean contents of these K forms in calcareous soils of Iran are 20, 244, 763 and 5300mg [kg.sup.-1] respectively, with a total content of 6300 mg [kg.sup.-1] (Najafi Ghiri et al.
Soils of this series are massive and strongly calcareous. Soil series of Charsadda being of alluvial nature, grayish brown, coarse to medium sub-angular blocky, slightly calcareous and silt loam texture.