Word Archaeology: calyptra

This is a scientific term used in botany to refer to a hood or lid that covers, for example, stamens and carpels. First used about 1753, it’s a New Latin word derived from the Greek “kalyptra” (veil). It’s also the name of a type of blood-drinking moth, which is more commonly known as a vampire moth.

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