CALM , anadjective meaning peaceful, quiet; particularly used of the
See also:free from
See also:wind or
See also:storm, or of the
See also:sea, opposed to rough . The word appears in French calme, through which it came into
See also:English, in
See also:Spanish, Portuguese and
See also:Italian calma . Most authorities follow Diez (Etym . Worterbuch der romanischen Sprachen) in tracing the origin to the Low Latin cauma, an adaptation of Greek Kai ia, burning
See also:heat, Kalew, to
See also:burn . The Portuguese calma has this meaning as well as that of quiet . The connexion would be heat of the
See also:rest during that
See also:period, so quiet, rest, peacefulness . The insertion of the 1, which in English pronunciation disappears, is probably due to the Latin color, heat, with which the word was associated .
CALLOVIAN (from Callovium, the Latinized form of Ke...
ANTOINE AUGUSTIN CALMET (1672–1757)
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