an alloy of zinc carbonate and copper, formerly used to imitate gold.
any of several aromatic plants belonging to the genus Calamintha (or Satureja) of the mint family, having simple, opposite leaves and drooping clusters of flowers. Historical Examples The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher Anonymous Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various noun any aromatic Eurasian plant of the genus Satureja (or […]
any fossil plant of the genus Calamites and related genera of the Carboniferous Period, resembling oversized horsetails and constituting much of the coal used as fuel. Historical Examples Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various noun any extinct treelike plant of the genus Calamites, of Carboniferous times, related to the horsetails
a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury. grievous affliction; adversity; misery: the calamity of war. Contemporary Examples How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’ Kevin Fallon November 5, 2014 Fatherhood Gets Hip Lizzie Skurnick November 30, 2009 India’s Most Dangerous Meal: The Poisoned-Lunch Disaster Dilip D’Souza July 17, 2013 Heed […]
causing or involving calamity; disastrous: a calamitous defeat. Contemporary Examples Beware Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Leslie H. Gelb January 28, 2011 Still in a League of Her Own Rachel Syme April 26, 2009 Why Netanyahu’s Afraid of Diplomacy Trita Parsi April 16, 2012 Italian Election News David Frum February 24, 2013 Hold Onto Your Penis David […]