calcareous

[kal-kair-ee-uhs]
adjective
of, containing, or like calcium carbonate; chalky: calcareous earth.

Origin:
1670–80; variant of calcarious < Latin calcārius of lime; see calx, -arious

calcareously, adverb
calcareousness, noun
noncalcareous, adjective
subcalcareous, adjective
uncalcareous, adjective
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calcareous (kælˈkɛərɪəs)
 
adj
of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate; chalky
 
[C17: from Latin calcārius, from calx lime]

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calcareous
1670s, from L. calcarius "of lime," from calx (gen. calcis) "lime, limestone" (see chalk).
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calcareous cal·car·e·ous (kāl-kâr'ē-əs)
adj.
Composed of, containing, or characteristic of calcium carbonate, calcium, or limestone; chalky.

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calcareous   (kāl-kâr'ē-əs)  Pronunciation Key 
Composed of or containing calcium or calcium carbonate. Calcareous rocks contain as much as 50 percent calcium carbonate.
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Example sentences
If calcareous algae and copepods are decreasing in number and virility then
  this affects the entire food chain.
Anchored to the bottom inside calcareous tubes, they collected food particles
  with feathery arms that waved in the ocean currents.
Forams are an integral part of paleoclimatological research because their
  calcareous shells can be dated.
The beach was beautiful, with an enormous piece of calcareous mountain at the
  point.
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