plural -s
: one of the minute, smooth, rodlike or fusiform structures produced in the cells of the epidermis or in cells sunk within the underlying parenchyma of many turbellarians and a few trematodes and discharged in great numbers in the mucous secretions of these animals
: one of the paired appendages that unite to form the ovipositor in some insects

Word History


rhabd- + -ite

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“Rhabdite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhabdite. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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