Origin of calyptra

1745–55; < New Latin < Greek kalýptra veil, covering, equivalent to kalýp(tein) to veil, cover + -tra noun suffix
Related formsca·lyp·trate [kuh-lip-treyt] /kəˈlɪp treɪt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun botany
  1. a membranous hood covering the spore-bearing capsule of mosses and liverworts
  2. any hoodlike structure, such as a root cap
Derived Formscalyptrate (kəˈlɪpˌtreɪt), adjective

Word Origin for calyptra

C18: from New Latin, from Greek kaluptra hood, from kaluptein to cover
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calyptra in Science


  1. In some bryophyte plants, a structure that covers the young sporophyte as it develops within the tissues of its gametophyte parent. The calyptra, which consists of a thickening of the archegonium walls, eventually breaks open as the spore capsule grows.
  2. See root cap.
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