Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, forming, or containing calcium or calcium carbonate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Containing carbonate of lime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Bearing, producing, or containing calcite, or carbonate of lime.
  • adjective (Geol.) an epoch in the American lower Silurian system, immediately succeeding the Cambrian period. The name alludes to the peculiar mixture of calcareous and siliceous characteristics in many of the beds. See the Diagram under Geology.

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to calcium, calcium carbonate or calcite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective bearing or producing or containing calcium or calcium carbonate or calcite

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Examples

  • As I understand it, increasing acidification of the oceans is destroying lifeforms whose shells are calciferous; crustaceans and the like, in other words.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • The report said that by 2100 the oceans could be more acidic than they have been in millions of years, leading to the death of creatures that secrete skeletal structures like coral, shellfish, and calciferous phytoplankton.

    The Whale Warriors

  • The report said that by 2100 the oceans could be more acidic than they have been in millions of years, leading to the death of creatures that secrete skeletal structures like coral, shellfish, and calciferous phytoplankton.

    The Whale Warriors

  • Does this increase the number of silicaceous diatoms which can outcompete the calciferous types, thereby reducing the biological pull-down?

    Unthreaded #10 « Climate Audit

  • First, they were creeping molds that slithered forth from the ocean onto land...and then they stood upright, supporting their globby substance by means of calciferous scaffolding, and finally they built machines.

    Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006)

  • First, they were creeping molds that slithered forth from the ocean onto land...and then they stood upright, supporting their globby substance by means of calciferous scaffolding, and finally they built machines.

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  • In the warm, clear, nutritious waters that surrounded the shores, coral polyps began to Sourish, and slowly they left behind them as they died their tiny calciferous skeletons, a few feet below the surface of the sea.

    Hawaii

  • The color of the dots was made from a mixture of hematite and red hematite which was then mixed with calciferous drops of water from the caves, according to excavation technician Maria Malina.

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  • They are composed chiefly of greenish-colored fissile sandstones and calciferous grits, in which we meet a few fossils, very imperfectly preserved.

    The Cruise of the Betsey or, A Summer Ramble Among the Fossiliferous Deposits of the Hebrides. With Rambles of a Geologist or, Ten Thousand Miles Over the Fossiliferous Deposits of Scotland

  • The streams that descend from Mount Dersa cut into the permeable calciferous rock formations on which the city stands.

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