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
    View synonyms

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/