calenture

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Calenture \Cal"en*ture\, noun [F. calenture, fr. Sp. calenture heat, fever, fr. calentar to heat, fr. p. pr. of L. calere to be warm.] (Med.) A name formerly given to various fevers occuring in tropics; esp. to a form of furious delirium accompanied by fever, among sailors, which sometimes led the affected person to imagine the sea to be a green field, and to throw himself into it.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Calenture \Cal"en*ture\, verb (used without an object) To see as in the delirium of one affected with calenture. [Poetic]

Hath fed on pageants floating through the air Or calentures in depths of limpid flood. --Wordsworth.


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