Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sponge-spicule of the monaxon biradiate type; a simple straight spicule. There are several kinds of rhabdi, named according to their endings. A rhabdus sharp at both ends is an oxea; blunt at both ends, a strongyle; knobbed at both ends, a tylote; knobbed at one end and pointed at the other, a tylotoxea; blunt at one end and sharp at the other, a strongyloxea. The last two forms are scarcely distinguishable from the stylus.
- n. In botany, the stipe of certain fungi.
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