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From Middle English chalis, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French chalice, collateral form of calice, borrowed from Latin calix, calicem (“cup”), from Ancient Greek κάλυξ (kálux). Doublet of calyx and kelch.
chalice (plural chalices)
- A large drinking cup, often having a stem and base and used especially for formal occasions and religious ceremonies.
- Synonym: goblet
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene vii], page 135, column 1:
- [W]e but teach / Bloody Inſtructions, which, being taught, returne / To plague th' Inuentor. This euen-handed Iuſtice / Commends th' Ingredience of our poyſon'd Challice / To our owne lips.
- A kind of water-cooled pipe for smoking cannabis.
large drinking cup
- Alternative form of