[ trik-ohm, trahy-kohm ]
/ ˈtrɪk oʊm, ˈtraɪ koʊm /


Botany. an outgrowth from the epidermis of plants, as a hair.
a microorganism composed of many filamentous cells arranged in strands or chains.

Origin of trichome

First recorded in 1870–75, trichome is from the Greek word tríchōma growth of hair. See trich-, -oma
Related formstri·chom·ic [trih-kom-ik, -koh-mik] /trɪˈkɒm ɪk, -ˈkoʊ mɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for trichome


/ (ˈtraɪkəʊm, ˈtrɪk-) /


any hairlike outgrowth from the surface of a plant
any of the threadlike structures that make up the filaments of blue-green algae

Derived Formstrichomic (trɪˈkɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for trichome

C19: from Greek trikhōma, from trikhoun to cover with hair, from thrix a hair
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Science definitions for trichome


[ trĭkōm′, trīkōm′ ]

One of the hairlike or bristlelike outgrowths on the epidermis of a plant. Trichomes serve a variety of functions, depending on their location. As root hairs (and as leaf hairs in epiphytes), trichomes absorb water and minerals. As leaf hairs, they reflect radiation, lower plant temperature, and reduce water loss. They also provide defense against insects.

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