caloric

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noun

ca·​lo·​ric kə-ˈlȯr-ik How to pronounce caloric (audio)
1
: a supposed form of matter formerly held responsible for the phenomena of heat and combustion
2
archaic : heat

caloric

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adjective

1
: of or relating to heat
2
: of, relating to, or containing calories
calorically adverb

Examples of caloric in a Sentence

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Noun
In an era when most Icelanders survived predominantly by raising sheep, a blue whale—which can reach more than 95 feet long and weigh as much as 165 tons—was a caloric windfall. Andrew Chapman, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2024 It is recommended that 10% to 35% of your daily caloric intake is comprised of protein, according to the Mayo Clinic. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024
Adjective
Researchers found that carrying a baby to term burns the caloric equivalent of eating 18 jars of peanut butter. Kristina Behr, Parents, 31 May 2024 On the left of the horizontal top of the T, there was highly caloric food in the form of bacterial blends that roundworms are known to prefer; on the right was lower-quality food. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for caloric 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French calorique, from Latin calor

First Known Use

Noun

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caloric was in 1792

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Cite this Entry

“Caloric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caloric. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

caloric

adjective
ca·​lor·​ic
kə-ˈlȯr-ik,
-ˈlōr-,
-ˈlär-;
ˈkal-ə-rik
1
: of or relating to heat
2
: relating to or containing calories
calorically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

Medical Definition

caloric

adjective
1
: of or relating to heat
2
: of or relating to calories

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