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[skler-ee-id] /ˈsklɛr i ɪd/
noun, Botany
a short, thickened plant cell of the sclerenchyma, typically containing branched pits.
Also called stone cell. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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sclereid in Science
A thick-walled lignified plant cell, often branched in shape. Sclereids form many hard structures such as seed coats and nut shells. They are a type of sclerenchyma cell but are usually shorter than fibers.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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