cal·​ci·​fuge ˈkal-sə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce calcifuge (audio)
: a plant not normally growing on calcareous soils
calcifuge adjective
or less commonly calcifugous

Word History


French, calcifugous, from calc- + Latin fugere to flee — more at fugitive

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calcifuge was in 1910

Dictionary Entries Near calcifuge

Cite this Entry

“Calcifuge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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