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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“Trichite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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