trichite

noun trich·ite \ˈtriˌkīt\

Definition of trichite

plural

-s

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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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