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Meaning of CALYX

Pronunciation:  'keyliks

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  (boany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green

CALYX is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: coil, curl, curlicue, floral envelope, gyre, hull, pappus, perianth, ringlet, roll, scroll, sepal, whorl



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ca"lyx\, n.; pl. E. {Calyxes}, L. {Calyces}. [L. calyx,
-ycis, fr. Gr. ? husk, shell, calyx, from the root of ? to
cover, conceal. Cf. {Chalice Helmet}.]
1. (Bot.) The covering of a flower. See {Flower}.

Note: The calyx is usually green and foliaceous, but becomes
      delicate and petaloid in such flowers as the anemone
      and the four-o'clock. Each leaf of the calyx is called
      a sepal.

2. (Anat.) A cuplike division of the pelvis of the kidney,
   which surrounds one or more of the renal papill[ae].

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The sepals of one flower collectively.