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Definition of calorific adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of food and drink) containing a lot of calories and likely to make you fat calorific chocolate cake
  2. 2(technology) relating to the amount of energy contained in food or fuel the calorific value of food (= the quantity of heat or energy produced by a particular amount of food) Waste plastics have a higher calorific value than coal and burn easily.
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