Simple Definition of calamine
: a pink liquid that is used to treat skin that is sore, itchy, sunburned, etc.
Full Definition of calamine
: a mixture of zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide used in lotions, liniments, and ointments
Origin and Etymology of calamine
Middle English calamyn ore of zinc, from Medieval Latin calamina, alteration of Latin cadmia — more at cadmium
First Known Use: 15th century
CALAMINE Defined for Kids
Definition of calamine for Students
: a skin lotion used especially to reduce itching (as from an insect bite or poison ivy)
Medical Definition of calamine
: a mixture of zinc oxide or zinc carbonate with a small amount of ferric oxide that is used in lotions, liniments, and ointments
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up calamine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).