calyculus

[ kuh-lik-yuh-luhs ]

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.

Origin of calyculus

1
<Latin, equivalent to calyc- (stem of calyxcalyx) + -ulus-ule
  • Also called cal·y·cle [kal-i-kuhl]. /ˈkæl ɪ kəl/.

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How to use calyculus in a sentence

  • 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
  • It is generally distinguished by the scant calyculus and the beautiful richness of its clear delicate net.

    The North American Slime-Moulds | Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • The well-defined calyculus is narrowed below and eroded or denticulate above.

    The North American Slime-Moulds | Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • The obconic calyculus is always represented in the outline if not in definite structure.

    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