plural noun, singular cil·i·um [sil-ee-uh m] /ˈsɪl i əm/.
Origin of cilia
Examples from the Web for cilia
Attorney Cilia Flores, the first lady, is actually called “First Fighter.”Venezuela’s Agony: Weak President, Strong Generals, Riots and Cocaine|Marcel Ventura|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cilia also act as respiratory organs, by changing the water with which their bodies are in contact.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope|John William Griffith
But Cilia's a different matter, now she's got her head puffed up with all this 'fashionable' nonsense.Dry Fish and Wet|Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
In the centre is a short proboscis-like papilla destitute of cilia (fig. 17).Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for cilia
Word Origin and History for cilia
1715, from Latin cilia, plural of cilium "eyelid, eyelash," perhaps related to celare "to cover, hide," from PIE root *kel- "to conceal" (see cell), but words for this part of the face can be tricky (see brow). It sometimes is pluralized in English, which is an error. Related: Ciliated; ciliary; ciliate.