Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Biology A small cup-shaped structure.
  • n. Botany A group of small bracts that resembles a calyx.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any cup-shaped structure.
  • n. A group of bracts resembling an outer calyx.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as calycle, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus
  • n. a small cup-shaped structure (as a taste bud or optic cup or cavity of a coral containing a polyp)

Etymologies

Latin, diminutive of calyx, calyc-, calyx; see calyx.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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