AskDefine | Define calyx

Dictionary Definition

calyx n : (botany) 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 [also: calyces (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



calyx from kalyx


  1. A cup-like structure in the mammalian kidney
  2. Collective term for the sepals of a flower, i.e. the outermost whorl of flower parts, when this is not the same in appearance as the next such whorl (the corolla).
  3. The crown of a crinoid


the sepals of a flower
  • Croatian: kalež
  • Czech: kalich
  • Dutch: kelk
  • Finnish: verhiö
  • Italian: calice
  • Polish: kielich
  • Spanish: cáliz

Extensive Definition

Calyx or Calyce may refer to:
calyx in Catalan: Calze
calyx in Czech: Kalich
calyx in German: Kelch
calyx in French: Calice
calyx in Italian: Calice
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