- a plural of calyx.
- Botany. the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals.
- Anatomy, Zoology. a cuplike part.
Origin of calyx
Examples from the Web for calyces
They are very partial to the nectar enclosed within the calyces of rhododendron flowers.Birds of the Indian Hills
The calyces become charged with oil glands, and yield a greater abundance of volatile oil.
The broken peduncles, mixed with the calyces and flower-buds, of several species of Artemisia imported from the Levant.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
As they fade the calyces become fleshy and much enlarged, and resemble the fruit of the hawthorn when ripe.
Only lianas, these parasites of the vegetable kingdom, raise their stems above the dusky vault to open their calyces in the sun.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
- a plural of calyx
- 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
Word Origin and History for calyces
1680s, from Latin calyx, from Greek kalyx "seed pod, husk, outer covering" (of a fruit, flower bud, etc.), from root of kalyptein "to cover, conceal" (see cell). The proper plural is calyces. Some sources connect the word rather with Greek kylix "drinking cup."
- Variant ofcalix
- The sepals of a flower considered as a group. The calyx is the outermost whorl of a flower. See more at sepal.