noun, plural ca·lyx·es, cal·y·ces [kal-uh-seez, key-luh-] /ˈkæl əˌsiz, ˈkeɪ lə-/.
Origin of calyx
Examples from the Web for calyces
Historical Examples of 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
noun plural calyxes or calyces (ˈkælɪˌsiːz, ˈkeɪlɪ-)
Word Origin for calyx
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."