from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inserted in the calendar to make the calendar year correspond to the solar year. Used of a day or month.
- adj. Having such a day or month inserted. Used of a year.
- adj. Inserted between other elements or parts; interpolated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of a day: extra day or days inserted into a calendar
- adj. of a month: extra month inserted into a calendar. The Hebrew calendar has such a month.
- adj. of a meristem: situated between zones of permanent tissue, thus a shoot growing at the base of a leaf, in comparison with apical growth at the tip of a root or plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inserted or introduced among others in the calendar; ; -- now applied particularly to the odd day (Feb. 29) inserted in the calendar of leap year. See Bissextile, n.
- adj. Introduced or inserted among others; additional; supernumerary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In chronology, inserted in the calendar out of regular order, as an extra day or month; having an additional day or month, as one of a cycle of years.
- Hence Inserted or coming between others; introduced or existing interstitially: as, intercalary beds in geology.
- In biology, intermediate in character between two types, yet not representing the actual genetic passage from one form to the other; interposed or intercalated, yet not biologically transitional.
- In medicine, the days intervening between the critical days or crises of a disease.
- In anatomy, additional; supernumerary; inserted between other parts, as the cartilages on the dorsal side of the vertebral column in many elasmobranchs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a day or month inserted to make the calendar year correspond to the solar year:
Latin intercalārius, intercalāris, from intercalāre, to intercalate; see intercalate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin intercalārius, from intercalāris, from intercalō, from inter ("among") + calō ("call out, proclaim"). (Wiktionary)