Raphides



[raf-i-deez] /ˈræf ɪˌdiz/

plural noun, singular raphide [rey-fahyd] /ˈreɪ faɪd/ (Show IPA), raphis [rey-fis] /ˈreɪ fɪs/ (Show IPA). Botany.
1.
acicular crystals, usually composed of calcium oxalate, that occur in bundles in the cells of many plants.
raphide
(rā’fīd)
Plural raphides (rāf’ĭ-dēz’)
One of a bundle of needlelike crystals of calcium oxalate occurring in many plant cells. The crystals discourage animals from eating the plant by irritating their tissues.

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