Definition of Calyx

1. Noun. (botany) 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.

Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Terms within: Sepal
Specialized synonyms: Hull, Pappus
Group relationships: Chlamys, Floral Envelope, Perianth, Perigone, Perigonium
Generic synonyms: Coil, Curl, Curlicue, Gyre, Ringlet, Roll, Scroll, Whorl
Derivative terms: Calyceal



Definition of Calyx

1. n. The covering of a flower. See Flower.

Definition of Calyx

1. Noun. (anatomy) A cup-like structure in the mammalian kidney. ¹

2. Noun. (botany) The outermost whorl of flower parts, comprising the sepals, when it is not the same in appearance as the next such whorl (the corolla). ¹

3. Noun. (zoology) The crown of a crinoid. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Calyx

1. the outer protective covering of a flower [n -LYXES or -LYCES]

Medical Definition of Calyx

1. The sepals of one flower collectively. (09 Oct 1997)

Calyx Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Calyx

calypses
calypsoes
calypsolike
calypsonian
calypsonians
calypsos
calypter
calypters
calyptra
calyptrae
calyptras
calyptrate
calyptriform
calyptrolith
calyx (current term)
calyx-tube
calyx tube
calyxed
calyxes
calzirtite
calzone
calzones
calzoni
calzoons
calèches
cam'st
cam stroke
cama
camachile

Literary usage of Calyx

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Gray's New Manual of Botany: A Handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of by Asa ( Gray, Merritt Lyndon Fernald, Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1908)
"calyx .V" mm. long. Petioles usually bearing only simple elongate glands ; bracts of the raceme mostly rounded at tip . . . . . • . 4. ..."

2. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"flowers mainly sessile, crowded in, a simple or branching »pike : lubes of the corolla short and less spreading: calyx deeply 5-cleft into 11 ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The circular aestivation is generally associated with a regalar calyx and ... calyx. The calyx is the external envelope of the flower, and consist» of ..."

4. Manual of Botany, for North America: Containing Generic and Specific by Amos Eaton (1829)
"calyx 1 or 2-valved, 2-flowered ; the outer valve very small oi none ; the inmost one of the length of the corol : enrol 2-valved, oblong-ovate. ..."

5. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord. Britton, Hon. Addison. Brown (1913)
"Trailing herb; calyx unequally s-toothed. Posterior pair of stamens shorter than the ... calyx-limb not spreading. Corolla-tube not longer than calyx ..."

6. Flora of the Southern United States: Containing an Abridged Description of by Alvan Wentworth Chapman (1897)
"Petals as many as the teeth of the calyx and inserted into its throat, ... Sinuses of the calyx often appendaged. Stigma capitate, or rarely 2-lobed. ..."

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