One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Feverish delirium formerly thought of as afflicting sailors in the tropics.
derangement, dementia, dementedness, temporary insanity, temporary madnessView synonyms
- ‘The crowning description of the illness called calenture is in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.’
Late 16th century: from French, from Spanish calentura ‘fever’, from calentar ‘be hot’, based on Latin calere ‘be warm’.
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