calyx 1680s, from L. calyx, from Gk. kalyx "seed pod, husk, outer covering" (of a fruit, flower bud, etc.), from root of kalyptein "to cover, conceal" (see CELL (Cf. cell)). The proper plural is calyces. Some sources connect the word rather with Gk. kylix "drinking cup."

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  • Calyx — or Calyce may refer to:* Calyx (kidney), a structural component of the mammalian kidney * Calyx (artist), a UK producer of drum and bass * Calyce (mythology), a figure in Greek mythology * Calyx (botany), the sepals of a flower * Calyx (zoology) …   Wikipedia

  • Calyx — Ca lyx (k[=a] l[i^]ks; 277), n.; pl. E. {Calyxes} (k[=a] l[i^]ks*[e^]z), L. {Calyces} (k[a^]l [i^]*s[=e]z). [L. calyx, ycis, fr. Gr. ka lyx husk, shell, calyx, from the root of kaly ptein to cover, conceal. Cf. {Chalice Helmet}.] 1. (Bot.) The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calyx — (gr., Bot.), Becher, s.u. Blüthe II. c) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Calyx — (lat.), Kelch; s. Blüte …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Calyx — (lat.), Kelch (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Calyx — ⇒ Kelch …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • calyx — (also calix) ► NOUN (pl. calyces or calyxes) 1) Botany the sepals of a flower, forming a protective layer around a flower in bud. 2) Zoology a cup like cavity or structure. ORIGIN Greek kalux case of a bud, husk …   English terms dictionary

  • calyx — [kā′liks΄; ] also [, kal′iks΄] n. pl. calyxes or calyces [kā′lə sēz΄; ] also [ kal′ə sēz΄] [L, outer covering, pod < Gr kalyx: for IE base see CALIX] 1. the outer whorl of protective leaves (sepals) of a flower, usually green 2. Zool. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Calyx — Ca|lyx 〈m.; , ly|ces〉 1. 〈Zool.〉 Körperteil der Haarsterne 2. 〈Bot.〉 Blütenkelch [<grch. kalyx „Kelch“] * * * Calyx   der, /...lyces, Kalyx, Kelch, Botanik: der von den äußeren Hüllblättern (Kelchblätter) gebildete Blütenkelch …   Universal-Lexikon

  • calyx — UK [ˈkeɪlɪks] / US / UK [ˈkælɪks] / US noun [countable] Word forms calyx : singular calyx plural calyxes or calyces UK [ˈkeɪlɪsiːz] / UK [ˈkælɪsiːz] / US / US [ˈkeɪlɪˌsɪz] biology the green part covering a flower before it opens …   English dictionary

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