Calyptra definition

kə-lĭptrə
In some bryophyte plants, a structure that covers the young sporophyte as it develops within the tissues of its gametophyte parent. The calyptra, which consists of a thickening of the archegonium walls, eventually breaks open as the spore capsule grows.
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Any similar protective hood, cap, or covering of a fruit, flower, or root.
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The remains of the female sex organ, or archegonium, of a moss, forming the protective caplike covering of the spore case.
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(botany) In bryophytes, a thin, hood-like tissue that forms from the archegonium and covers the developing sporophyte.
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The protective cap or hood covering the spore case of a moss or related plant.
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A similar hoodlike or caplike structure, such as a root cap.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
calyptra
Plural:
calyptrae, calyptras

Origin of calyptra

  • Medieval Latin from Greek kaluptra veil from kaluptein to cover kel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition