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noun: A substance (e.g. mustard) that produces a sensation of warmth when applied to a part of the body.
From Latin calefacient-, stem of calefaciens, present participle of calefacere (to make warm), from calere (to be warm) + facere (to make). Other (some hot, some not) words derived from the Latin root calere are chafe, chauffeur (literally, a stoker) and nonchalant.
"Over the calefacient sidewalks of forty-eighth street last summer
there echoed the sounds of workmen at their tasks."
"The effect was tonic and calefacient, hence a cooling regimen was
This week's theme: Miscellaneous words
It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties which make the defense of our nation worthwhile. -Earl Warren, jurist (1891-1974)