cal·​o·​rif·​ic | \ ˌka-lə-ˈri-fik How to pronounce calorific (audio) \

Definition of calorific

2 : of or relating to heat production

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Recent Examples on the Web Known for being dense and calorific, mooncakes are typically filled with lotus seed or red bean paste and a salted egg yolk symbolizing the moon. Washington Post, "Hong Kong bakery’s mooncakes carry protest movement slogans," 21 Aug. 2019 China has plenty of low-quality coal at home, but needs to blend that with cleaner, more calorific coal from abroad to hit pollution targets. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Shell and Glencore Could Be Winners From Chinese Tariffs," 19 Sep. 2018 Unsurprisingly, more calorific diets went along with bigger brains. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The evolutionary mystery of gigantic human brains," 23 Aug. 2018 Lollapalooza can be broken down and described by its three main elements: good music, delicious calorific food and, of course, flower crowns. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Make your own flower crown for Lollapalooza at Travelle Kitchen + Bar," 26 July 2017 In the early 1900s, the eponymous Alfredo di Lielo needed a calorific meal to feed his pregnant wife. Erin Florio, CNT, "The One Dish You Shouldn't Order in Rome," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of calorific

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for calorific

French or Latin; French calorifique, from Latin calorificus, from calor

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“Calorific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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cal·​o·​rif·​ic | \ ˌkal-ə-ˈrif-ik How to pronounce calorific (audio) \

Medical Definition of calorific

2 : of or relating to the production of heat

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