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calyculus

[kuh-lik-yuh-luh s]
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

  • The outer membrane of the calyculus is by no means always absent.

    The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio

    A. P. Morgan

  • It differs from all other American forms, so far described, in the peculiar development of the calyculus.

    The North American Slime-Moulds

    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

  • The colors are obscure, but the striations on the calyculus are violet-tinted, and the reds perhaps predominate elsewhere.

    The North American Slime-Moulds

    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

  • This common species is well marked both by its color and by the delicate attachment of the capillitium to the calyculus.

    The North American Slime-Moulds

    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

  • Sporangium ovoid, more or less elongated; the calyculus small, plicate-sulcate.