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n. pl. ca·lyc·u·li (-lī′)
1. Biology A small cup-shaped structure.
2. Botany A group of small bracts that resembles a calyx.
[Latin, diminutive of calyx, calyc-, calyx; see calyx.]
ca·lyc′u·late (-lĭt, lāt′) adj.
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|Noun||1.||calyculus - 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.||calyculus - 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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