Definitions for: Calyx


[n] (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



Webster (1913) Definition: Ca"lyx, n.; pl. E. Calyxes, L. Calyces. [L. calyx,
-ycis, fr. Gr. ? husk, shell, calyx, from the root of ? to
cover, conceal. Cf. Chalice Helmet.]
1. (Bot.) The covering of a flower. See Flower.

Note: The calyx is usually green and foliaceous, but becomes
delicate and petaloid in such flowers as the anemone
and the four-o'clock. Each leaf of the calyx is called
a sepal.

2. (Anat.) A cuplike division of the pelvis of the kidney,
which surrounds one or more of the renal papill[ae].

See Also: coil, curl, curlicue, floral envelope, gyre, hull, pappus, perianth, ringlet, roll, scroll, sepal, whorl

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Famous Quotes Containing Calyx:


For a writer, published works are like fallen flowers, but the expected new work is like a calyx waiting to blossom.

-- Cao Yu (Chinese Playwright)


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