EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural ca·lyx·es, cal·y·ces . [ kal- uh-seez, key-l uh-] /ˈkæl əˌsiz, ˈkeɪ lə-/ . Botany the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals. . Anatomy, Zoology a cuplike part. Origin of calyx 1665–75; < Latin < Greek kályx husk, covering, akin to kalýptein to veil, cover Related forms cal·y·cate , [ kal-i-keyt] /ˈkæl ɪˌkeɪt/ adjective
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We use angle nozzles, the better to direct the spray into the
The erect, straight pods, two or three inches long, are silky and also the
calyxes and buds.
The anthers are orange; ovary white or pinkish;
calyxes and buds purplish-red.
calyxes and buds are downy and the flowers bright pink or rose-purple, delicately veined.
calyxes are worked in satin stitch with moss green silk, and the lilies-of-the-valley with white silk. British Dictionary definitions for calyxes noun plural calyxes or calyces ( ˈkælɪˌsiːz, ˈkeɪlɪ-) the sepals of a flower collectively, forming the outer floral envelope that protects the developing flower bud Compare 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 calycate ( ˈkælɪˌkeɪt), adjective Word Origin for calyx
C17: from Latin, from Greek
kalux shell, from kaluptein to cover, hide
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Word Origin and History for calyxes n.
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."
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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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