caloric (n.)

hypothetical fluid in a now-discarded model of heat exchange, 1792, from French calorique, coined in this sense by Lavoisier, from Latin calorem "heat" (nominative calor), from PIE root *kele- (1) "warm." The adjective, "pertaining to heat or the principle of heat," is recorded from 1865.

updated on October 19, 2017

Definitions of caloric from WordNet

caloric (adj.)
relating to or associated with heat;
the caloric effect of sunlight
Synonyms: thermal / thermic
caloric (adj.)
of or relating to calories in food;
comparison of foods on a caloric basis
the caloric content of foods
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