[ vawr-tuh-sel-uh ]
/ ˌvɔr təˈsɛl ə /

noun, plural vor·ti·cel·lae [vawr-tuh-sel-ee] /ˌvɔr təˈsɛl i/, vor·ti·cel·las.

any ciliated protozoan of the genus Vorticella, having a transparent, bell-shaped body with a retractile stalk.


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Origin of vorticella

From New Latin, dating back to 1780–90; see origin at vortex, -ella
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British Dictionary definitions for vorticella

/ (ˌvɔːtɪˈsɛlə) /

noun plural -lae (-liː)

any protozoan of the genus Vorticella, consisting of a goblet-shaped ciliated cell attached to the substratum by a long contractile stalk

Word Origin for vorticella

C18: from New Latin, literally: a little eddy, from vortex
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