Chalky; relating to or containing lime or calcium, or calcific material. [L. calcarius, pertaining to lime, fr. calx, lime]

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cal·car·e·ous kal-'kar-ē-əs, -'ker- adj
1) resembling calcite or calcium carbonate esp. in hardness
2) consisting of or containing calcium carbonate also containing calcium

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cal·car·e·ous (kal-karґe-əs) [L. calcarius] pertaining to or containing lime or calcium; chalky.

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