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vorticella

[ vawr-tuh-sel-uh ]
/ 藢v蓴r t蓹藞s蓻l 蓹 /
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noun, plural vor路ti路cel路lae [vawr-tuh-sel-ee], /藢v蓴r t蓹藞s蓻l i/, vor路ti路cel路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鈥90; see origin at vortex, -ella
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British Dictionary definitions for vorticella

vorticella
/ (藢v蓴藧t瑟藞s蓻l蓹) /

noun plural -lae (-li藧)
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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