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cilia

[ sil-ee-uh ]
/ ˈsɪl i ə /
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plural noun, singular cil·i·um [sil-ee-uhm]. /ˈsɪl i əm/.
Biology. minute hairlike organelles, identical in structure to flagella, that line the surfaces of certain cells and beat in rhythmic waves, providing locomotion to ciliate protozoans and moving liquids along internal epithelial tissue in animals.
Anatomy. the eyelashes.
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Origin of cilia

1705–15; New Latin, plural of cilium eyelash, Latin: upper eyelid, perhaps a back formation from supercilium eyebrow; see supercilium
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British Dictionary definitions for cilia

cilia
/ (ˈsɪlɪə) /

noun
the plural of cilium
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