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- A heat stroke or fever, often suffered in the tropics.
- A delerium occurring from such symptoms, in which a striken sailor pictures the sea as grassy greens and wishes to dive overboard into them.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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.
Cal"en*ture, v. i. To see as
in the delirium of one affected with calenture.
Hath fed on pageants floating through the air
Or calentures in depths of limpid flood.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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