ca·​lyx | \ ˈkā-liks How to pronounce calyx (audio) also ˈka- \
plural calyxes or calyces\ ˈkā-​lə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce calyx (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 Collectively, the sepals are referred to as the calyx. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 There are bisque white oversize ceramic flowers by Lisa Conway, which resemble unfurling peonies or the calyx of a trumpet vine while also maintaining a feeling of abstraction. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 14 Feb. 2018 The calyx encloses the ripe fruit, acting as a protective structure. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 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, 15 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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“Calyx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for calyx


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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Nglish: Translation of calyx for Spanish Speakers


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