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calyculus

[kuh-lik-yuh-luh s]
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noun, plural ca·lyc·u·li [kuh-lik-yuh-lahy] /kəˈlɪk yəˌlaɪ/.
  1. Zoology. Also caliculus. a structure shaped like a cup.
  2. Botany. a set of bracts resembling an outer calyx.
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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/.
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Historical Examples

  • Cal′ycled, having a calycle; Cal′ycoid, Calycoi′deous, like a calyx.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

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British Dictionary definitions for calycle

calycle

calicle calyculus (kəˈlɪkjʊləs)

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

Word Origin

C18: from Latin, diminutive of calyx
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