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[ep-i-key-liks, -kal-iks]
noun, plural ep·i·ca·lyx·es, ep·i·ca·ly·ces [ep-i-key-luh-seez, -kal-uh-] /ˌɛp ɪˈkeɪ ləˌsiz, -ˈkæl ə-/. Botany.
  1. an involucre resembling an outer calyx, as in the mallow.
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Origin of epicalyx

First recorded in 1865–70; epi- + calyx
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Examples from the Web for epicalyx

Historical Examples

  • In some Rosaceous plants an epicalyx is present, due to the formation of stipulary structures by the sepals.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5


British Dictionary definitions for epicalyx


noun plural -lyxes or -lyces (-lɪˌsiːz)
  1. botany a series of small sepal-like bracts forming an outer calyx beneath the true calyx in some flowers
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