nounpl. ca′lyx·es or ca′ly·ces·
- the outer whorl of protective leaves (sepals) of a flower, usually green
- Zool. a cuplike part or cavity
Origin of calyxL, outer covering, pod from Classical Greek kalyx: for Indo-European base see calix
nounpl. ca·ly·ces, also ca·lyx·es
- Botany The outermost part of a flower, consisting of the sepals.
- Anatomy A cuplike structure, such as the collecting structures into which the pelvis of the kidney is divided.
- Ecclesiastical A calix.
Origin of calyxLatin calyx calyc- from Greek kalux
(plural calyces or calyxes)
Latin calyx, from Ancient Greek κάλυξ (kalux, “case of a bud, husk”).