Cal"en*ture (?), n. [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.

 

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Cal"en*ture, v. i.

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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