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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 4, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found one last word in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

1. calyx – “The stem, calyx, rose and leaves were now one and seemed to have grown so.”


The calyx is the sepals of a flower that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower in bud.  A sepal functions as protection for the flower in bud, and often as support for the petals when in bloom.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    May 4, 2016 8:35 am

    I faintly remember learning that word in elementary school science!

  2. May 4, 2016 9:26 am

    Sounded familiar – especially when I saw the definition!

  3. Patty permalink
    May 4, 2016 9:31 am

    I remember this from teaching my second graders!

  4. Judy B permalink
    May 4, 2016 11:43 am

    I hope my comment doesn’t post twice. I can’t remember where I learned this, but thanks for the reminder so I could define it more accurately. My sister is a fantastic gardener, she uses this word often.

  5. May 4, 2016 12:51 pm

    Although I know the word, it’s not really in my vocabulary. I sure hope you enjoyed A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

  6. May 4, 2016 1:08 pm

    I remember having to memorize all the parts in school, but of course quickly forgot them!

  7. May 4, 2016 1:35 pm

    I’m very glad you included a visual aid. Thanks for the tip!

  8. May 4, 2016 2:18 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I just knew that all my swatting for those biology exams would come in useful one day – it has only taken 40 years !!

    Even the text book, labelled image made it seem like it was only yesterday 🙂

    I really like the sound of this book, a real piece of world literary fiction to help me expand my horizons.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting this great meme 🙂


  9. May 4, 2016 3:22 pm

    Thanks! for including the example.

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  11. May 4, 2016 10:16 pm

    Excellent word! I need to reread Betty Smith’s classic book.

  12. May 5, 2016 12:10 am

    I’m digging this meme! It’s my first time participating. Calyx sounded familiar, but I would’ve never remembered what it was. A Tree Grows is Brooklyn is on my TBR. It’ll put a smile on my face when I come across this word when I read the novel.

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