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Botany. the outermost group of floral parts; the sepals.
Anatomy, Zoology. a cuplike part.
Historical Examples

Myths of the Norsemen H. A. Guerber
Field Book of Western Wild Flowers Margaret Armstrong
The Field and Garden Vegetables of America Fearing Burr
Field Book of Western Wild Flowers Margaret Armstrong
The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Field Book of Western Wild Flowers Margaret Armstrong
Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
Harper’s Young People, May 18, 1880 Various
Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916 Various
Summer Edith Wharton

noun (pl) calyxes, calyces (ˈkælɪˌsiːz; ˈkeɪlɪ-)
the sepals of a flower collectively, forming the outer floral envelope that protects the developing flower bud Compare corolla
any cup-shaped cavity or structure, esp any of the divisions of the human kidney (renal calyx) that form the renal pelvis
(kā’lĭks, kāl’ĭks)
The sepals of a flower considered as a group. The calyx is the outermost whorl of a flower. See more at sepal.


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