plural noun, singular cil·i·um [sil-ee-uh m] /ˈsɪl i əm/.
Origin of cilia
Related Words for ciliagrain, thread, tissue, wig, hairstyle, grass, fur, haircut, fiber, wool, strand, eyebrow, mane, cord, web, grit, string, warp, tooth, hair
Examples from the Web for cilia
Contemporary Examples of cilia
Attorney Cilia Flores, the first lady, is actually called “First Fighter.”Venezuela’s Agony: Weak President, Strong Generals, Riots and Cocaine
April 14, 2014
Historical Examples of cilia
The hind-wings are grey; the cilia are white with a cloudy line.
The hind-wings are dull brownish-grey, with the cilia paler.
Some of the cilia are used for running or swimming, others for grasping or touching, and so on.The Wonders of Life
It is by means of these cilia that the animal moves through the water.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
The Protozoan swims by the vibration of these cilia in the water.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
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.