from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See otolith.
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- n. A specialized form of amyloplast involved in graviperception by plant roots and most invertebrates.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small stony secretion or an accumulation of particles of sand contained in an open or closed sensory sac or lodged in a sensory pedicel of some actively locomotor invertebrate (cœlenterate, ctenophore, worm, mollusk, or arthropod), and so situated that it enables the animal possessing it to become oriented with reference to the center of the earth by responding to the pressure it exercises through the pull of gravity.
- n. In botany, a movable starch-grain occurring in the cell sap of some cells, supposed to correspond in function with bodies so named found in the statocysts of animals. See s˙tatoplast.
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