One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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).
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