calcareous

adjective
cal·car·e·ous | \kal-ˈker-ē-əs \

Definition of calcareous 

1a : resembling calcite or calcium carbonate especially in hardness

b : consisting of or containing calcium carbonate also : containing calcium

2 : growing on limestone or in soil impregnated with lime

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From the calcareous soils of the Kristy Vineyard in Monterey County, the aromatic white wine is juicy and bright, with citrus and stone fruit flavors. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "In search of the Great American Wine," 14 June 2018 And speaking of sparkling wine, some terrific bottles now come from the south coast of England, where the pale calcareous soil—picture the White Cliffs of Dover—is very much like the famous chalky terrain of France’s Champagne region. Eric Asimov, Smithsonian, "The Ever Expanding World of Wine Takes Your Palate to Unexpected Places," 23 Jan. 2017 It was covered in red and orange corals and calcareous marine algae. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, "How Archaeologists Discovered 23 Shipwrecks in 22 Days," 11 July 2016 Anemones and calcareous tube worms retract their tentacles. Clark Fair, Alaska Dispatch News, "Colorful kaleidoscope of marine life in Homer tidepools," 8 July 2017 In 1989, Robert Haas and the famed Perrin family in France discovered Paso’s secret, that these calcareous, limestone-rich soils mimic the conditions of the Rhône Valley in southern France. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "New flight makes it easy to explore California’s top-notch Paso Robles wine country," 14 June 2017 Soils differ dramatically in different parts of the AVA, from the highly calcareous hills out near us to sand, loam and alluvial soils in the Estrella River basin. Dave Eckert, kansascity.com, "Paso Robles along California’s central coast offers delicious wine diversity," 19 May 2017 Bryozoans, considered a canary in the coal mine for magnesium-abundant marine animals with calcareous skeletons, thrive in California kelp forests. Walter Ko, sacbee.com, "Sea life dissolves quickly in warming waters off California coast, UC Davis finds," 26 Apr. 2017 It was covered in red and orange corals and calcareous marine algae. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, "How Archaeologists Discovered 23 Shipwrecks in 22 Days," 11 July 2016

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First Known Use of calcareous

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for calcareous

Latin calcarius of lime, from calc-, calx

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calcareous

adjective
cal·car·e·ous | \kal-ˈkar-ē-əs, -ˈker- \

Medical Definition of calcareous 

1 : resembling calcite or calcium carbonate especially in hardness

2 : consisting of or containing calcium carbonate also : containing calcium

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