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calorific (adj) heat-generating (of substances, food, etc.).

A calorific substance is capable of generating heat. Coal is an example of a calorific substance. Certain types of food items are calorific, that is, they generate heat and thus the energy the body requires. The calorific value of a food item is the quantity of heat or energy it generates in the body.

  • Coal, molasses, and the gases produced by compressing human and animal wastes are used as fuels because they are all calorific.
  • A highly calorific diet, such as starch and fat, does give us energy, but it also increases our weight, exposing us to health risks.
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