calyptra

noun
ca·​lyp·​tra | \ kə-ˈlip-trə How to pronounce calyptra (audio) \

Definition of calyptra

: a hoodlike structure in a plant especially : haploid tissue forming a membranous hood over the capsule in a moss

First Known Use of calyptra

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calyptra

New Latin, from Greek kalyptra veil, from kalyptein to cover — more at hell

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“Calyptra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calyptra. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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