from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bearing, producing, or containing calcite, or carbonate of lime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing carbonate of lime.

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

  • adj. bearing or producing or containing calcium or calcium carbonate or calcite


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  • 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

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

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  • 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)

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • To shield itself from the degenerating tissue of the fetal foreign body the woman's body will encase the fetus and / or its covering membranes in a calciferous substance.

    The Well-Timed Period

  • Mr. Stanislas Meunier communicates to _Le Nature_ an account of some interesting specimens of globular calcareous matter, resembling pisolites or peastones both in appearance and structure, which were accidentally formed as follows: The Northern Railway Company, France, desiring to purify some calciferous water designed for use in steam boilers, hit upon the ingenious expedient of treating it with lime water whose concentration was calculated exactly from the amount of lime held in the liquid to be purified.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 286, June 25, 1881


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