- Botany. the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals.
- Anatomy, Zoology. a cuplike part.
Origin of calyx
Examples from the Web for calyx
Another previous incident had caused Calyx's mouth to bleed, Calyx said, although Julie said she never saw any blood.
In October, Parker posted a photo of Calyx with her cross-country teammates.
Berry small, in., 5-ribbed, crowned with the remains of the calyx.
The pieces of which the calyx is composed are called sepals.
Finish off with calyx and seed cup, as in previous instruction.
For example: the part that is covered with moss about the rose is the calyx.
Sometimes the calyx is covered with down, as in geranium, primrose, etc.
- the sepals of a flower collectively, forming the outer floral envelope that protects the developing flower budCompare corolla
- any cup-shaped cavity or structure, esp any of the divisions of the human kidney (renal calyx) that form the renal pelvis
Word Origin and History for calyx
1680s, from Latin calyx, from Greek kalyx "seed pod, husk, outer covering" (of a fruit, flower bud, etc.), from root of kalyptein "to cover, conceal" (see cell). The proper plural is calyces. Some sources connect the word rather with Greek kylix "drinking cup."
- Variant ofcalix
- The sepals of a flower considered as a group. The calyx is the outermost whorl of a flower. See more at sepal.