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calyx

[ key-liks, kal-iks ]
/ ˈkeɪ lɪks, ˈkæl ɪks /
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noun, plural ca·lyx·es, cal·y·ces [kal-uh-seez, key-luh-]. /ˈkæl əˌsiz, ˈkeɪ lə-/.
Botany. the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals.
Anatomy, Zoology. a cuplike part.
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Origin of calyx

1665–75; <Latin <Greek kályx husk, covering, akin to kalýptein to veil, cover

OTHER WORDS FROM calyx

cal·y·cate [kal-i-keyt], /ˈkæl ɪˌkeɪt/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for calyx

calyx
/ (ˈkeɪlɪks, ˈkælɪks) /

noun plural calyxes or calyces (ˈkælɪˌsiːz, ˈkeɪlɪ-)
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

Derived forms of calyx

calycate (ˈkælɪˌkeɪt), adjective

Word Origin for calyx

C17: from Latin, from Greek kalux shell, from kaluptein to cover, hide
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Scientific definitions for calyx

calyx
[ kālĭks, kălĭks ]

The sepals of a flower considered as a group. The calyx is the outermost whorl of a flower. See more at sepal.
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