from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tropical fever once believed to be caused by the heat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heat stroke or fever, often suffered in the tropics.
- n. A delirium occurring from such symptoms, in which a stricken sailor pictures the sea as grassy meadows and wishes to dive overboard into them.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To see as in the delirium of one affected with calenture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of delirium sometimes caused, especially within the tropics, by exposure to excessive heat, particularly on board ship.
- n. Figuratively, fever; burning passion or zeal; heat: as, the “calenture of primitive devotion,” ; “the calentures of baneful lust,”
Spanish calentura, from calentar, to heat, from Latin calēns, calent-, present participle of calēre, to be warm; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French calenture, from Spanish calentura. (Wiktionary)