Bot. a needle-shaped crystal, usually of calcium oxalate, developed singly, or more often in bundles, in a plant cell
Origin of raphideModern Latin ; from Classical Greek rhaphis (gen. rhaphidos), needle: for Indo-European base see raphe
One of a bundle of needlelike crystals of calcium oxalate occurring in many plant cells.
Origin of raphideFrench, sing. of raphides, from New Latin, from Greek rhaphides, pl. of rhaphis, needle, from rhaptein, to sew; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek ῥαφίς (rhaphis)