noun (plural calyces /ˈkāləˌsēz, ˈkal-/ or calyxes)
- 1 Botany The sepals of a flower, typically forming a whorl that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower in bud. Compare with corolla.More example sentences
- Similar to the color traits, plant prickles were also evaluated for individual organs including stem, leaf, and flower and fruit calyxes.
- Unlike with other bulb flowers, the calyxes of amaryllises do not open quickly, so consider this when using them in flower arrangements for certain occasions.
- The flower has a tubular calyx with four ovate lobes and a corolla with four overlapping petals.
- 2.1A portion of the pelvis of a mammalian kidney.More example sentences
- The renal pelvis, calyces, and renal vein were grossly uninvolved.
- You seem to be having a stone in the lower calyx of the right kidney.
- In this case, the calyces are compressed by the markedly distended renal pelvis.
- 2.2The cavity in a calcareous coral skeleton that surrounds the polyp.More example sentences
- The polyp lived on top of a tabula in a depression in the top of the coral called the calyx.
- 2.3The plated body of a crinoid, excluding the stalk and arms.More example sentences
- The pattern of proximal axes being more aborally inclined than are distal axes is similar to that in C axes of crinoid calyx plates.
- Although very few crinoid calyxes were encountered in the samples, columnals were ubiquitous and provided the basis for identification of crinoid genera.
- The characters that make this species distinct from the members of the C. sampsoni clade are primarily the thin-plated calyx and basal plates, which are higher than wide.
late 17th century: from Latin, from Greek kalux 'case of a bud, husk', related to kaluptein 'to hide'.
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