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calices

[kal-uh-seez]
noun
  1. plural of calix.
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calix

[key-liks, kal-iks]
noun, plural cal·i·ces [kal-i-seez] /ˈkæl ɪˌsiz/.
  1. cup.
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Origin of calix

From Latin; see origin at chalice
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Examples from the Web for calices

Historical Examples

  • When darkness comes on they contract, and the calices of the flowers close.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • A, Portion of the surface of a colony of Heliopora coerulea magnified, showing two calices and the surrounding coenenchymal tubes.

  • Other naturalists, or rather other dreamers, made these insects spring from the calices of sweet-scented flowers.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • The natives never remove the calices of the rose-flowers, but place the whole into the still as it comes from the garden.

  • Towards evening every bird became silent, the flowers closed their calices, the leaves of the trees hung limply down.


British Dictionary definitions for calices

calices

noun
  1. the plural of calix
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calix

noun plural calices (ˈkælɪˌsiːz)
  1. a cup; chalice
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin: chalice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

calices in Medicine

calix

n. pl. ca•li•ces
  1. A flower-shaped or funnel-shaped structure.
  2. 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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