One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two cells which are situated adjacent to the egg cell within the embryo-sac of a flowering plant, and which assist in the process of fertilization. Frequently attributive, especially in "synergid cell".
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of Botany. From ancient Greek συνεργός working together + -id, after German Synergide.
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