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  1. plural of calix.
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[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


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

C18: from Latin: chalice
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calices in Medicine


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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