Origin: ModL from Glassical Greek rhaphis (gen. rhaphidos), needle: for Indo-European base see raphe
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also ra·phisnoun pl. raph·i·des
Origin: French, sing. of raphides, from New Latin, from Greek rhaphides, pl. of rhaphis, needle, from rhaptein, to sew; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
raphide - Science Definition
Plural raphides raphides
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