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1. (Zoology) zoology a cup-shaped structure, as in the coral skeleton
2. (Botany) botany another name for epicalyx
[C18: from Latin, diminutive of calyx]
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|Noun||1.||calycle - a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus|
bract - a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
|2.||calycle - a small cup-shaped structure (as a taste bud or optic cup or cavity of a coral containing a polyp)|
optic cup, eyecup - (embryology) a two-walled cuplike depression that develops into the pigmented and sensory layers of the retina
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