Definition of calenture in English:

calenture

noun

  • [mass noun] Feverish delirium formerly thought of as afflicting sailors in the tropics.

    • ‘The crowning description of the illness called calenture is in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.’
    derangement, dementia, dementedness, temporary insanity, temporary madness
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French, from Spanish calentura fever, from calentar be hot, based on Latin calere be warm.

Pronunciation:

calenture

/ˈkal(ə)ntjʊə/