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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: Latin calor 'heat'

calorie

noun
     
Related topics: Nutrition, Physics
cal‧o‧rie [countable]
1DFN a unit for measuring the amount of energy that food will produce:
A potato has about 90 calories.
a calorie-controlled diet
low-calorie/high-calorie
a low-calorie snack
I need to burn off a few calories (=lose some weight by exercising).
My wife convinced me to finally start counting calories (=control my weight by being careful about what I eat).
2HP technical the amount of heat that is needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. It is used as a unit for measuring energy.
caloric adjective

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