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Definitions of calyx

  1. (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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The covering of a flower. See Flower. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A cuplike division of the pelvis of the kidney, which surrounds one or more of the renal papillae. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The circle of small leaves beneath the petals of a flower. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. The outermost series of leaves of a flower. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A cup shaped part or organ. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. In bot., the envelope or outer covering of a flower. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Calyces. The outer whorl of floral leaves; the cup-like portion of the pelvis of the kidney; the theca of certain Hydroids, the cup-like body of the Crinoids. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for calyx

  1. Your true diner must be well on in middle life, for though the young may eat and drink together and apparently dine, it is of the gray head difficultly bowed over the successive courses, and the full form of third youth straining its silken calyx and bursting all too richly out above it, that the vision presents itself when one thinks of dinners and diners. – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  2. She could not discover then, that these abortive leaves were the slender claspings of a calyx in whose midst might sometime fit the rose- bloom of a wonderful joy. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
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