phytolith

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noun phy·to·lith \ˈfī-tə-ˌlith\

Definition of phytolith

  1. :  a microscopic siliceous particle that is formed by a plant and that is highly resistant to decomposition ancient vegetation revealed by phytoliths

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First Known Use of phytolith

1958


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