sclerenchyma

noun
scle·​ren·​chy·​ma | \sklə-ˈreŋ-kə-mə \

Definition of sclerenchyma 

: a protective or supporting tissue in higher plants composed of cells with walls thickened and often lignified

Other Words from sclerenchyma

sclerenchymatous \ ˌskler-​ən-​ˈki-​mə-​təs , -​ˈkī-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of sclerenchyma

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sclerenchyma

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