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…

Bessarion

Bessarion is a Late Greek male name of uncertain etymology. It could be related to Greek bessa βῆσσα meaning “wooded valley, glen”. It’s been connected with Ancient Greek bathus meaning “deep; thick”  perhaps originating from a PIE root word, but it doesn’t seem likely that bessa comes from that source. I’ve also seen it as possibly being derived from…

Calista

Calista could be the variant form of Callisto, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “most beautiful” derived from Ancient Greek kalós (beauty, beautiful, good) which comes from a Proto-Indo-European source kal-wo-s, a form of *kal- (beautiful). In Greek mythology Callisto was a nymph and a follower of the goddess Artemis who was seduced by Zeus and ended up bearing him a son, Arcas. Callisto was…

Calpurnia

Calpurnia is an Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Calpurnius meaning “chalice, cup”. It comes from Latin calpar, used to refer to a vessel for liquids such as wine, which derives from Ancient Greek kalpís (jug, urn). Calpurnia was the third wife of Julius Caesar who apparently had a premonition of her husband’s death and features in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar…