- Botany. the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals.
- Anatomy, Zoology. a cuplike part.
Origin of calyx
Examples from the Web for calyxes
We use angle nozzles, the better to direct the spray into the calyxes.
The erect, straight pods, two or three inches long, are silky and also the calyxes and buds.
The anthers are orange; ovary white or pinkish; calyxes and buds purplish-red.
The calyxes and buds are downy and the flowers bright pink or rose-purple, delicately veined.
The calyxes are worked in satin stitch with moss green silk, and the lilies-of-the-valley with white silk.
- the sepals of a flower collectively, forming the outer floral envelope that protects the developing flower budCompare corolla
- any cup-shaped cavity or structure, esp any of the divisions of the human kidney (renal calyx) that form the renal pelvis
Word Origin and History for calyxes
1680s, from Latin calyx, from Greek kalyx "seed pod, husk, outer covering" (of a fruit, flower bud, etc.), from root of kalyptein "to cover, conceal" (see cell). The proper plural is calyces. Some sources connect the word rather with Greek kylix "drinking cup."
- Variant ofcalix
- The sepals of a flower considered as a group. The calyx is the outermost whorl of a flower. See more at sepal.