Rhaphides
Rhaphides Rhaph"i*des, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ???, ???, a needle, F. raphides.] (Bot.) Minute transparent, often needle-shaped, crystals found in the tissues of plants. [Written also {raphides}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • raphides — Rhaphides Rhaph i*des, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ???, ???, a needle, F. raphides.] (Bot.) Minute transparent, often needle shaped, crystals found in the tissues of plants. [Written also {raphides}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raphides — Raph i*des (r[a^]f [i^]*d[=e]z), n. pl. [F. raphide.] (Bot.) See {Rhaphides}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raphide — noun (plural raphides) Etymology: French & New Latin; French raphide, from New Latin raphides, plural, from Greek rhaphides, plural of rhaphid , rhaphis needle, from rhaptein Date: circa 1842 any of the needle shaped crystals usually of calcium… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • raphide — [rā′fid, raf′id] n. pl. raphides [raf′ə dēz΄, rā′fidz] 〚ModL < Gr rhaphis (gen. rhaphidos), needle: for IE base see RAPHE〛 Bot. a needle shaped crystal, usually of calcium oxalate, developed singly, or more often in bundles, in …   Universalium

  • raphides — /raf i deez /, n.pl. Bot. acicular crystals, usually composed of calcium oxalate, that occur in bundles in the cells of many plants. [1835 45; < NL < Gk rhaphídes, pl. of RHAPHÍS needle] * * * …   Universalium

  • raphides — raph•i•des [[t]ˈræf ɪˌdiz[/t]] n. pl. bot needle shaped crystals, usu. composed of calcium oxalate, that occur in bundles in the cells of many plants • Etymology: 1835–45; < NL < Gk rhaphídes, pl. of rhaphís needle …   From formal English to slang

  • raphides — /raf i deez /, n.pl. Bot. acicular crystals, usually composed of calcium oxalate, that occur in bundles in the cells of many plants. [1835 45; < NL < Gk rhaphídes, pl. of RHAPHÍS needle] …   Useful english dictionary

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