8 letter word starting with cal

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calabash noun The common gourd (plant or fruit)., The fruit of the calabash tree., A water dipper, bottle, bascket, or other utensil, made from the dry shell of a calabash or gourd.
caladium noun A genus of aroideous plants, of which some species are cultivated for their immense leaves (which are often curiously blotched with white and red), and others (in Polynesia) for food.
calamary noun A cephalopod, belonging to the genus Loligo and related genera. There are many species. They have a sack of inklike fluid which they discharge from the siphon tube, when pursued or alarmed, in order to confuse their enemies. Their shell is a thin horny plate, within the flesh of the back, shaped very much like a quill pen. In America they are called squids. See Squid.
calambac noun A fragrant wood; agalloch.
calamine noun A mineral, the hydrous silicate of zinc.
calamint noun A genus of perennial plants (Calamintha) of the Mint family, esp. the C. Nepeta and C. Acinos, which are called also basil thyme.
calamist noun One who plays upon a reed or pipe.
calamite noun A fossil plant of the coal formation, having the general form of plants of the modern Equiseta (the Horsetail or Scouring Rush family) but sometimes attaining the height of trees, and having the stem more or less woody within. See Acrogen, and Asterophyllite.
calamity noun Any great misfortune or cause of misery; — generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evil, either to communities or individuals., A state or time of distress or misfortune; misery.
calcaria plural of Calcar
calcedon noun A foul vein, like chalcedony, in some precious stones.
calcific adjective Calciferous. Specifically: (Zool.) of or pertaining to the portion of the oviduct which forms the eggshell in birds and reptiles.
calciden imp. & past participle of Calcine
calciner noun One who, or that which, calcines.
calculus noun Any solid concretion, formed in any part of the body, but most frequent in the organs that act as reservoirs, and in the passages connected with them; as, biliary calculi; urinary calculi, etc., A method of computation; any process of reasoning by the use of symbols; any branch of mathematics that may involve calculation.
calefied imp. & past participle of Calefy
calendar noun An orderly arrangement of the division of time, adapted to the purposes of civil life, as years, months, weeks, and days; also, a register of the year with its divisions; an almanac., A tabular statement of the dates of feasts, offices, saints’ days, etc., esp. of those which are liable to change yearly according to the varying date of Easter., An orderly list or enumeration of persons, things, or events; a schedule; as, a calendar of state papers; a calendar of bills presented in a legislative assembly; a calendar of causes arranged for trial in court; a calendar of a college or an academy., To enter or write in a calendar; to register.
calender noun A machine, used for the purpose of giving cloth, paper, etc., a smooth, even, and glossy or glazed surface, by cold or hot pressure, or for watering them and giving them a wavy appearance. It consists of two or more cylinders revolving nearly in contact, with the necessary apparatus for moving and regulating., One who pursues the business of calendering., To press between rollers for the purpose of making smooth and glossy, or wavy, as woolen and silk stuffs, linens, paper, etc., One of a sect or order of fantastically dressed or painted dervishes.
calfskin noun The hide or skin of a calf; or leather made of the skin.
calicoes plural of Calico
calidity noun Heat.
caliduct noun A pipe or duct used to convey hot air or steam.
califate noun Same as Caliph, Caliphate, etc.
calipash noun A part of a turtle which is next to the upper shell. It contains a fatty and gelatinous substance of a dull greenish tinge, much esteemed as a delicacy in preparations of turtle.
calipers noun pl. An instrument, usually resembling a pair of dividers or compasses with curved legs, for measuring the diameter or thickness of bodies, as of work shaped in a lathe or planer, timber, masts, shot, etc.; or the bore of firearms, tubes, etc.; — called also caliper compasses, or caliber compasses.
calippic adjective Of or pertaining to Calippus, an Athenian astronomer.
calliope noun The Muse that presides over eloquence and heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus, and chief of the nine Muses., One of the asteroids. See Solar., A musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles, toned to the notes of the scale, and played by keys arranged like those of an organ. It is sometimes attached to steamboat boilers., A beautiful species of humming bird (Stellula Calliope) of California and adjacent regions.
callipee noun See Calipee.
callosan adjective Of the callosum.
callosum noun The great band commissural fibers which unites the two cerebral hemispheres. See corpus callosum, under Carpus.
calmness noun The state of quality of being calm; quietness; tranquillity; self-repose.
calmucks noun pl. A branch of the Mongolian race inhabiting parts of the Russian and Chinese empires; also (sing.), the language of the Calmucks.
calotype noun A method of taking photographic pictures, on paper sensitized with iodide of silver; — also called Talbotype, from the inventor, Mr. Fox. Talbot.
calumbin noun A bitter principle extracted as a white crystalline substance from the calumba root.
calvaria noun The bones of the cranium; more especially, the bones of the domelike upper portion.
calycine adjective Pertaining to a calyx; having the nature of a calyx.
calycled adjective Calyculate.
calymene noun A genus of trilobites characteristic of the Silurian age.
calyptra noun A little hood or veil, resembling an extinguisher in form and position, covering each of the small flasklike capsules which contain the spores of mosses; also, any similar covering body.
calzoons noun pl. Drawers.