n. pl. a·ris·tae (-tē) or a·ris·tas
A bristlelike part or appendage, such as the awn of grains and grasses or the process near the tip of the antenna of certain flies.
[Latin, beard of grain, spike.]
a·ristate (-tāt) adj.
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