One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Of or denoting natural mineral springs containing iron salts.
- ‘Which village in Buckinghamshire, England was the site of a chalybeate spa in 1840s, but failed to get recognition because Queen Victoria went to Leamington Spa (later Royal Leamington Spa)?’
- ‘Six of them are chalybeate (containing iron), and deposit iron suboxide upon coming into contact with the atmosphere.’
- ‘One of those ridges spreads its long finger all the way down to where a good path leads to Hartfell Spa, a chalybeate spring contained in its little beehive-shaped shelter.’
- ‘Lord North stopped at the chalybeate springs in 1606 when on a trip from London.’
- ‘The chalybeate spring is located inside the iron railing; and the spring is the reason the first hotel was built in 1826.’
Mid 17th century: from modern Latin chalybeatus, from Latin chalybs, from Greek khalups, khalub- ‘steel’.
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