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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 calix

Historical Examples

  • If either of these whorls is absent in a flower, it is the calix.

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    T. W. Shannon

  • Philip, and so for faute of vitaile yeldid Calix up to king Edwarde the .

  • Most all of them had rough blotches or rings about the calix or around the body.

  • I have cried 'Pater mi, si possibile est, transeat a me calix iste!'

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett

  • And if we wish to penetrate the secret we must not forget the Hebrew psalmist, with his calix meus inebrians quam prclarus est.


    Arthur Machen

British Dictionary definitions for calix


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

C18: from Latin: chalice
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calix 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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