Definition of calorific adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkæləˈrɪfɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkæləˈrɪfɪk//
    [usually before noun] Diet, Unhealthy eating habits
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  1. 1(specialist) 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. See related entries: Diet
  2. 2(of food and drink) containing a lot of calories and likely to make you fat calorific chocolate cake See related entries: Diet, Unhealthy eating habits
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Latin calorificus, from calor ‘heat’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: calorific