Calyx, Calix

Calyx comes from Latin meaning “bud; husk, pod, outer covering; eggshell; shells of fruit” which comes from Ancient Greek kálux via kalupto (to cover, conceal) which may possibly be derived from PIE root *kel- (to cover). In botany, it refers to the outermost group of floral parts, the sepals, while in zoology it refers to any of various cup-like structures.

Calix is a Latin word meaning “cup, chalice” which may be derived from the same source as Calyx above. Calix is also a short form of Calixtus, a variant of Late Latin Callistus which comes from Greek Kallistos meaning “most beautiful”. Calix is also a Catalan and Portuguese surname, perhaps deriving from Portugeuse cálice or Catalan càlic both meaning “communion cup”. In Catalan it could perhaps be derived from calitx, a type of throwing game.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Molten Color Collection

Male forms:

  • Calixtus (Late Roman)
  • Callixtus (Late Roman)
  • Callistus (Late Roman)
  • Kallistos (Ancient Greek)
  • Calixto (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Calisto (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Calixte (French)


Female forms:

  • Kallisto (Ancient Greek)
  • Callisto (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Kallisto (Ancient Greek)
  • Calista (Spanish, Portuguese, English)


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