- plural of calix.
Origin of calix
From Latin; see origin at chalice
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Examples from the Web for calices
When darkness comes on they contract, and the calices of the flowers close.The Wonders of Life
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
The natives never remove the calices of the rose-flowers, but place the whole into the still as it comes from the garden.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
Towards evening every bird became silent, the flowers closed their calices, the leaves of the trees hung limply down.The Slaves of the Padishah
- the plural of calix
- a cup; chalice
C18: from Latin: chalice
- A flower-shaped or funnel-shaped structure.
- 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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