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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. stubborn; refractory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Kicking. Hence: Stubborn; refractory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Kicking; refractory.


Latin calcitrans, present participle of calcitrare ("to kick"), from calx ("heel"), calcis ("heel"). (Wiktionary)


  • She didn't move until the truck stopped outside Yannis's taverna, and she turned to make a measured and final exit, only to find herself fighting with the re calcitrant door catch.

    The Tycoon's Mistress

  • Flinx instinctively threw up his free hand to protect his face as he fumbled at the re-calcitrant holster with the other.

    Mid Flinx


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