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sclereid

[ skler-ee-id ]
/ ˈsklɛr i ɪd /
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noun Botany.
a short, thickened plant cell of the sclerenchyma, typically containing branched pits.
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Also called stone cell .

Origin of sclereid

First recorded in 1895–1905; sclere(nchyma) + -id(e); modeled on German sclereïd
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Scientific definitions for sclereid

sclereid
[ sklĕrē-ĭd ]

A thick-walled lignified plant cell, often branched in shape. Sclereids form many hard structures such as seed coats and nut shells. They are a type of sclerenchyma cell but are usually shorter than fibers.
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