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[kal-i-kuh l]
  1. a cuplike depression or formation, as in corals.
  2. Botany, Zoology. calyculus.
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Origin of calicle

1840–50; < Latin caliculus small cup, equivalent to calic- (stem of calix; see calix) cup + -ulus -ule
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Examples from the Web for calicle

Historical Examples

  • The septa, radial plates of calcite reaching from the periphery nearly or quite to the centre of the coral-cup or calicle.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2


  • Tabulae are stout horizontal partitions traversing the centre of the calicle and dividing it into as many superimposed chambers.

  • In this coral the calicle is divided into quadrants by four principal septa, the main septum, counter septum, and two alar septa.

British Dictionary definitions for calicle


  1. a variant spelling of calycle
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Derived Formscalicular (kəˈlɪkjʊlə), adjective
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