Calyx definition

kālĭks, kălĭks
The sepals of a flower considered as a group. The calyx is the outermost whorl of a flower.
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(zool.) A cuplike part or cavity.
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The outermost part of a flower, consisting of the sepals.
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A flower-shaped or funnel-shaped structure.
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Any of the branches or recesses of the pelvis of the kidney into which the orifices of the malpighian renal pyramids project.
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(anatomy) A cup-like structure in the mammalian kidney.
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(botany) The outermost whorl of flower parts, comprising the sepals, when it is not the same in appearance as the next such whorl (the corolla).
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(zoology) The crown of a crinoid.
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The outer whorl of protective leaves (sepals) of a flower, usually green.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
calyx
Plural:
calyces, calyxes

Origin of calyx

  • Latin calyx calyc- from Greek kalux

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

  • Latin calyx, from Ancient Greek κάλυξ (kalux, “case of a bud, husk”).

    From Wiktionary