a cup for the wine of the Eucharist or Mass.
the wine contained in it.

a drinking cup or goblet.
a cuplike blossom.
(of plants) having cup-shaped flowers
(poetic) a drinking cup; goblet
(Christianity) a gold or silver cup containing the wine at Mass
the calyx of a flower, esp a cup-shaped calyx

early 14c., from Anglo-French chalice, from Old French chalice, collateral form of calice (Modern French calice), from Latin calicem (nominative calix) “cup,” cognate with Greek kylix “cup, drinking cup, cup of a flower,” from PIE root *kal- “cup.” Ousted Old English cognate cælic, an ecclesiastical borrowing of the Latin word, and earlier Middle English caliz, from Old North French.


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