vorticella

[ vawr-tuh-sel-uh ]
/ ˌvɔr təˈsɛl ə /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. vortex shedding,
  2. vortex street,
  3. vortex vein,
  4. vortical,
  5. vortically,
  6. vortices,
  7. vorticism,
  8. vorticity,
  9. vorticose,
  10. vortiginous

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

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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