noun Date: 1958 a microscopic siliceous particle that is formed by a plant and that is highly resistant to decomposition <
ancient vegetation revealed by phytoliths

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  • phytolith — [fīt′ō lith΄] n. 〚 PHYTO + LITH〛 a small opaline rock consisting chiefly of fossil plant remains * * * phy·to·lith (fī tō lĭth ) n. A minute particle formed of mineral matter by a living plant and fossilized in rock. * * * …   Universalium

  • phytolith — [fīt′ō lith΄] n. [ PHYTO + LITH] a small opaline rock consisting chiefly of fossil plant remains …   English World dictionary

  • Phytolith — A phytolith ( plant stone ) is a rigid microscopic body that occurs in many plants. The most common type of phytolith is the silicon phytolith, also called opal phytolith. Silicon phytoliths vary in size and shape depending on the plant taxon and …   Wikipedia

  • Phytolith — Aufnahme eines bulliformen Phytolithen Ein phytolith ( Pflanzenstein ) ist ein mikroskopisches Gebilde in vielen Pflanzenzellen. Der häufigste Typus ist der des Siliziumdioxidphytolithen, auch Opal Phytolithen genannt. Sie variieren je nach… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • phytolith — noun A small particle of silica or mineral that occurs in many plants …   Wiktionary

  • Phytolith — Phy|to|lith 〈m.1 od. 16〉 aus pflanzl. Ablagerungen entstandenes Sedimentgestein [<grch. phyton „Pflanze“ + lithos „Stein“] * * * Phy|to|lith [↑ phyt u. ↑ lith], der; s, e, auch en, en: ↑ Biolith. * * * Phy|to|lith [auch: ...lɪt] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Phytolith — Phy|to|lith 〈m.; Gen.: s od. en, Pl.: e od. en; Min.〉 aus pflanzl. Ablagerungen entstandenes Sedimentgestein …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Phytolith — Phy|to|lith [auch ... lit] der; Gen. s u. en, Plur. e[n] (meist Plur.) <zu ↑...lith> Sedimentgestein, das ausschließlich od. größtenteils aus Pflanzenresten entstanden ist (z. B. Kohle; Geol.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • phytolith — fossilized plant Stones and Rocks …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • phytolith — [ fʌɪtə(ʊ)lɪθ] noun 1》 Botany a minute mineral particle formed inside a plant. 2》 Palaeontology a fossilized particle of plant tissue …   English new terms dictionary

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