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acicular

[uh-sik-yuh-ler] /əˈsɪk yə lər/
adjective
2.
Metallurgy.
  1. (of cast iron) containing ferrite in a needlelike form.
  2. (of an alloy) having a microstructure of needlelike components.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; acicul(a) + -ar1
Related forms
acicularity
[uh-sik-yuh-lar-i-tee] /əˌsɪk yəˈlær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
acicularly, adverb
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  • Pure phenol consists of white or clear acicular crystals.
  • Also, they tend to be acicular rather than filiform.

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