rhabdom

noun
rhab·​dom | \ ˈrab-ˌdäm How to pronounce rhabdom (audio) , -dəm \
variants: or rhabdome \ ˈrab-​ˌdōm How to pronounce rhabdom (audio) \

Definition of rhabdom

: one of the minute rodlike structures in the retinulae in the compound eyes of arthropods

First Known Use of rhabdom

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhabdom

borrowed from German Rhabdom, borrowed from Late Greek rhábdōma "bundle of rods," from Greek rhábdos "rod, wand" + -ōma -ome — more at rhabdo-

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The first known use of rhabdom was in 1878

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4 Oct 2021

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“Rhabdom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhabdom. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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