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also kal·ends  (kăl′əndz, kā′ləndz)
n. pl. calends also kalends
The first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar.

[Middle English kalendes, from Latin kalendae; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]

ca·len′dal (kə-lĕn′dəl) adj.


(ˈkælɪndz) or


pl n
(Historical Terms) the first day of each month in the ancient Roman calendar
[C14: from Latin kalendae; related to Latin calāre to proclaim]


or kal•ends

(ˈkæl əndz)

(often cap.) (usu. with a pl. v.) the first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar.
[1325–75; Middle English kalendes < Latin kalendae (pl.), perhaps akin to calāre to proclaim]
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The name Calendula derives from the opening of the blooms on the calends, the first day of the month.
The epitaph on his tomb was simple, direct, and telling: "Here lies Master Peter the Lombard, bishop of Paris, who composed the Book of Sentences, Glosses of the Psalms and of the Epistles, the day of whose death is the thirteenth of the calends of August.
In the Roman calendar, the Calends were the first days of the month - the Greek calendar had no Calends.