[ kal-uh-seez, key-luh- ]
/ ˈkæl əˌsiz, ˈkeɪ lə- /


a plural of calyx.

Definition for calyces (2 of 2)


[ key-liks, kal-iks ]
/ ˈkeɪ lɪks, ˈkæl ɪks /

noun, plural ca·lyx·es, cal·y·ces [kal-uh-seez, key-luh-] /ˈkæl əˌsiz, ˈkeɪ lə-/.

Botany. the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals.
Anatomy, Zoology. a cuplike part.

Origin of calyx

1665–75; < Latin < Greek kályx husk, covering, akin to kalýptein to veil, cover

Related forms

cal·y·cate [kal-i-keyt] /ˈkæl ɪˌkeɪt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for calyces (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkælɪˌsiːz, ˈkeɪlɪ-) /


a plural of calyx

British Dictionary definitions for calyces (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkeɪlɪks, ˈkælɪks) /

noun plural calyxes or calyces (ˈkælɪˌsiːz, ˈkeɪlɪ-)

the sepals of a flower collectively, forming the outer floral envelope that protects the developing flower budCompare corolla
any cup-shaped cavity or structure, esp any of the divisions of the human kidney (renal calyx) that form the renal pelvis

Derived Forms

calycate (ˈkælɪˌkeɪt), adjective

Word Origin for calyx

C17: from Latin, from Greek kalux shell, from kaluptein to cover, hide
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Medicine definitions for calyces


[ kālĭks, kălĭks ]


Variant ofcalix
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Science definitions for calyces


[ kālĭks, kălĭks ]

The sepals of a flower considered as a group. The calyx is the outermost whorl of a flower. See more at sepal.
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