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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·lar adj.
ca·lyc′u·late (-lĭt, lāt′) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calyculus - a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscuscalyculus - 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
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
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