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Origin and Meaning of Calyx

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  • A user from Australia says the name Calyx is of Greek origin and means "Handsome".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ca"lyx
  1. [Bot] The covering of a flower. See Flower.
  2. [Anat] A cuplike division of the pelvis of the kidney, which surrounds one or more of the renal papillæ.

Note: ☞ The calyx is usually green and foliaceous, but becomes delicate and petaloid in such flowers as the anemone and the four-o'clock. Each leaf of the calyx is called a sepal.

Etymology: L. calyx -ycis, fr. Gr. ka`lyx husk, shell, calyx, from the root of kaly`ptein to cover, conceal. Cf. Chalice Helmet

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  1. (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green

Latin calyx, from Ancient Greek κάλυξ (kálux, “case of a bud, husk”).

  1. (anatomy) A cup-like structure in the mammalian kidney.
  2. (botany) The outermost whorl of flower parts, comprising the sepals, when it is not the same in appearance as the next such whorl (the corolla).
  3. (zoology) The crown of a crinoid.

calyx was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Fun Facts about the name Calyx

  • How Popular is the name Calyx? Calyx is the 37,024th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Calyx have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 97 babies born with the first name Calyx in the United States. That's more than enough people named Calyx to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Calyx? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1997 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Calyx first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Calyx is Sunday, November 7th, 1920.
  • What year had the most people named Calyx born? The highest recorded use of the first name Calyx was in 2014 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Calyx: Your name in reverse order is Xylac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yacxl. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Calyx born Jan 25, 1930

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern India approximately on 1225. Your profession was shepherd, horseman, and forester.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to learn to understand other people and to meet all life difficulties with joyful heart. You should help others, bringing them spirit of joy.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.