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
nounpl. raph·i·des, or ra··phis·es
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 á¿¥Î±Ï†Î¯Ï‚ (rhaphis)