variants or phytolith
plural -s
: a plant fossil
phytolith : a microscopic siliceous particle that forms in plant cells and is highly resistant to decomposition
ancient plant species revealed by soil phytoliths

Word History


phyt- + -lite or -lith

First Known Use

circa 1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytolite was circa 1895

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“Phytolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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