Spiral Vessels or Ducts of the Squirting Cucumber

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Ecballium elaterium. “A vessel which is usually long, with fusiform extremities, and has the walls thickened in a spiral manner with one or more simple simple or branched bands or fibers. In most cases the direction of the spiral is from right to left, but it frequently happens that the earlier formed spirals run in one direction, while those formed later run in an opposite direction.” —Whitney, 1889


William Dwight Whitney, PhD, LLD The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1895) 5839


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