from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The sepals of a flower considered as a group.
- n. A cuplike structure or organ, such as one of the cuplike divisions of the pelvis or of the kidney.
- n. A collecting structure in the kidney.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cup-like structure in the mammalian kidney.
- n. The outermost whorl of flower parts, comprising the sepals, when it is not the same in appearance as the next such whorl (the corolla).
- n. The crown of a crinoid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The covering of a flower. See flower.
- n. A cuplike division of the pelvis of the kidney, which surrounds one or more of the renal papillæ.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, in general, the outer set of the envelops which form the perianth of a flower.
- n. In human anatomy, one of the cup-like or infundibuliform beginnings of the ureter in the pelvis of the kidney, surrounding the apices of the Malpighian pyramids, each receiving usually more than one pyramid.
- n. In zoology: The cup at the base of the ciliated tentacles on the lophophore or oral disk of polyzoans. See Plumatella.
- n. The pedicellated Graafian follicle, ovarian capsule, or ovisac of a bird, consisting of two membranes of lax tissue and blood-vessels, rupturing at a point called the stigma to discharge the ovum, then collapsing, and finally becoming absorbed.
- n. In crinoids, the cup at the summit of the stȧlk or stem, whence the brachia radiate and on the surface of which is the mouth.
- n. In Hydrozoa, a generative capsule developed in the axils of a branched hydroid stock, containing either medusa-buds or sexual organs.
- n. Some other calyciform or cup-shaped part or organ of an animal.
- n. The expanded, cup-like, deciduous structure on the ends of the stems of certain entoproctous Polyzoa, containing most of the organs and hence practically an individual.
- n. A depression formed by the more or less reticulate folding of the skin, as in the intromittent organs of snakes.
- n. A cup-shaped excavation on the surface of the ovary which remains after the rupture of a Graafian vesicle.
- n. Any circular piece which resembles in form the calyx of a flower.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
When the blossoms fall the apples stand upright on the tree, and the little pointed leaves that are on the blossom end of the apples, that we call the calyx, are all open, and at that time you can spray so as to get the arsenate of lead on the inside.
Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916 Embracing the Transactions of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society,Volume 44, from December 1, 1915, to December 1, 1916, Including the Twelve Numbers of "The Minnesota Horticulturist" for 1916
It appears the tiny, crimson point of the bud which protrudes from the calyx is very sensitive, and more easily blighted by frost than any other bud.
Blossoms single – calyx is urn-shaped, narrowing at the top – to its lining are fastened pistils and stamens – corolla consists of five (generally) broad petals, varying in colour from white to deep rose pink – buds are deep pink – fruit crimson in the autumn.
In the cherry, peach and apple, the calyx is a cup or tube with the upper edge divided into lobes.
Above the calyx is a broad spreading corolla which is white or brightly colored and is divided into several distinct parts called petals.
Evidently, then, the calyx is a protecting covering for the other parts of the flower until blossoming time.
The calyx is a row of small points cut in light green wax; the points are touched with a brush containing a little brown, and then passed once round the flower.
_Hence_? the induration of the calyx should be the most permanent if it is the cause, but to obviate all doubts, both calyx, fructus induratus, and capsula circumscissa, should enter into the generic character; the unilaterality of capsules, and their invariable tendency to look downwards, or rather the inferior unilaterality, may likewise reasonably be considered connected with the same structure of calyx, as well as the expanded limb of the calyx.
The greenish-yellow calyx, which is closely wrapped around the bud, is next examined.
The green case, called the calyx, which contains the scarlet petals, is already partly open; it is splitting in half, and the flower will soon be out.