[kuh-lik-yuh-luh s]

noun, plural ca·lyc·u·li [kuh-lik-yuh-lahy] /kəˈlɪk yəˌlaɪ/.

Zoology. Also caliculus. a structure shaped like a cup.
Botany. a set of bracts resembling an outer calyx.

Origin of calyculus

< Latin, equivalent to calyc- (stem of calyx calyx) + -ulus -ule
Also called cal·y·cle [kal-i-kuh l] /ˈkæl ɪ kəl/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for calycle


calicle calyculus (kəˈlɪkjʊləs)


zoology a cup-shaped structure, as in the coral skeleton
botany another name for epicalyx
Derived Formscalycular (kəˈlɪkjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for calycle

C18: from Latin, diminutive of calyx
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