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raphides

[ raf-i-deez ]
/ ˈræf ɪˌdiz /
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plural noun, singular ra·phide [rey-fahyd], /ˈreɪ faɪd/, ra·phis [rey-fis]. /ˈreɪ fɪs/. Botany.
acicular crystals, usually composed of calcium oxalate, that occur in bundles in the cells of many plants.
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Origin of raphides

1835–45; <New Latin <Greek rhaphídes, plural of rhaphís needle
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