calyx n

L. < Gk κάλυξ, outer covering of a fruit, flower, or bud.

  1. Shell; husk; pod; perianth; cup-like base; outer covering of a blossom; termination of a plant's cortical epidermis; green leaves that support the bottom of a corolla.
  2. Basin; container; [fig.] receptacle for colorful blossoms; recipient of chromatic sunset light.