trichite

noun
trich·ite | \ˈtriˌkīt\
plural -s

Definition of trichite 

: a minute acicular body: such as

a : a hairlike crystallite occurring singly or in clusters

b : a hairlike siliceous spicule occurring in some sponges in fascicles

c : one of the slender rods supporting the cytopharynx of some ciliated protozoans

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History and Etymology for trichite

in sense a, from German trichit, from trich- + -it -ite; in sense b, from New Latin trichites, from trich- + -ites -ite; in sense c, probably from trich- + -ite

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