One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drug or other substance that gives a sensation of warmth.
- ‘We use two lines of products; one is with extract of green tea with calefacient effects.’
- ‘I won't feel better unless there is a calefacient substance that will loosen up my neck and make my sinuses stop hurting..’
- ‘If taken with wax from Cyprus, with fresh olive oil, or with any other calefacient, this stone greatly helps those suffering from rheumatism and paralysis.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin calefacient- ‘making warm’, from the verb calefacere, from calere ‘be warm’ + facere ‘make’.
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