1. a genus of freshwater, ameboid protozoa that secrete a hard, umbrellalike shell having a single opening through which the pseudopodia extend.

Origin of Arcella

1838; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin arc(a) a chest, box + -ella diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of arcella

  • Dujardin points out very clearly the identity of structure between organisms like Amœbæ and such forms as Difflugia and Arcella.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier