ca·​lyx | \ ˈkā-liks How to pronounce calyx (audio) also ˈka- \
plural calyxes or calyces\ ˈkā-​lə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce calyces (audio) also  ˈka-​ \

Definition of calyx

1 : the usually green outer whorl of a flower consisting of separate or fused sepals
2 : a cuplike division of the renal pelvis surrounding one or more renal papillae
3 : a cup-shaped animal structure (such as the body wall of a crinoid)

Examples of calyx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s late March, some of them beginning to turn and wilt and fade, heads Drooping, papery at the tips, desiccated, or completely gone, reduced to calyx. Ciaran Carson, The New Yorker, "Claude Monet, “The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil,” 1880," 12 Aug. 2019 If possible, push the calyx down the stem to reveal a little more of a wire/stem for the bacon roll to sit on. Fox News, "Chef Mark Bailey's Last-Minute Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner!," 14 Feb. 2018 The calyx encloses the ripe fruit, acting as a protective structure. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Versatile evergreen Falkia repens covers a lot of ground," 26 Jan. 2018 This was what hip-hop would sound like if it were conceived inside of the calyx of an African violet, unfurling and wet. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "The Mastery and Magic of Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of calyx

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calyx

Latin calyc-, calyx, from Greek kalyx — more at chalice

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27 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Calyx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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ca·​lyx | \ ˈkā-liks How to pronounce calyx (audio) \
plural calyxes or calyces\ -​lə-​ˌsēz \

Kids Definition of calyx

: the usually green outer part of a flower consisting of sepals


variants: also calix \ ˈkā-​liks also ˈkal-​iks \
plural calyxes or calyces\ ˈkā-​lə-​ˌsēz also ˈkal-​ə-​ \ also calices

Medical Definition of calyx

: a cuplike division of the renal pelvis surrounding one or more renal papillae

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