NounCalotte (plural Calottes)
- (ecclesiastical) a skullcap worn by Roman Catholic priests
- (archaic) The vertical central area of the crown of a bird's head.
- (architecture) A round cavity or depression, in the form of a cup or cap, lathed and plastered; used to diminish the rise or elevation of a moderate chapel, alcove, etc. which would otherwise be too high for other pieces of the apartment.
- (anatomy) The upper (superior) or lower (inferior) half of the globe of the eye.
- Rhymes: -ɒt
Calotte comes via French from Italian calotta, which in turn comes from Greek kalyptra (cover), a word that has itself been taken intact into English as a botanical term denoting a hood that covers a number of botanical features and is related to the Greek verb kaliptein (to cover).
Calotte f. (plural Calottes)
- Plural form of calotta.