Definition of Malpighian cell in US English:

Malpighian cell


  • 1Botany any of the elongated sclereids forming an outer protective layer of the seed coat in plants of the family Malpighiaceae and certain other, especially leguminous, families.

  • 2Anatomy and Zoology, an epithelial cell of the Malpighian layer.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Jackson (1846–1927).