calycle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n calycle a small cup-shaped structure (as a taste bud or optic cup or cavity of a coral containing a polyp)
    • n calycle a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Calycle (Bot) A row of small bracts, at the base of the calyx, on the outside.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calycle In botany, an outer accessory calyx, or set of leaflets or bracts looking like a calyx, as in the pink. Also called calyculus.
    • n calycle In zoology, a calice or little calyx; some part of a zoöphyte like or likened to the calyx of a plant. Specifically— In corals, the cup-cell or corallite in which each polypite or individual polyp of a polypidom is lodged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calycle an accessory calyx outside the true one
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.calyculus, small flower bud, calyx, dim. of calyx,. See Calyx, and cf. Calicle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kalyxkalyptein, to cover.

Usage

In literature:

The reproductive calycles, i.e.
"Seaside Studies in Natural History" by Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz
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