chalybeate

1 of 2

adjective

cha·​ly·​be·​ate kə-ˈlē-bē-ət How to pronounce chalybeate (audio) -ˈli- How to pronounce chalybeate (audio)
: impregnated with salts of iron
also : having a taste due to iron
chalybeate springs

chalybeate

2 of 2

noun

: a chalybeate liquid or medicine

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

probably from New Latin chalybeatus, irregular from Latin chalybs steel, from Greek chalyb-, chalyps, from Chalybes, ancient people in Asia Minor

First Known Use

Adjective

1634, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chalybeate was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Chalybeate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalybeate. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

chalybeate

1 of 2 adjective
cha·​ly·​be·​ate kə-ˈlib-ē-ət How to pronounce chalybeate (audio) -ˈlē-bē- How to pronounce chalybeate (audio)
: impregnated with salts of iron
also : having a taste due to iron
chalybeate water

chalybeate

2 of 2 noun
: a chalybeate liquid or medicine
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