[sil-ee-of-er-uh n] /ˌsɪl iˈɒf ər ən/ (Show IPA). any protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora (or in some classification schemes, class Ciliata), as those of the genera Paramecium, Tetrahymena, Stentor, and Vorticella, having cilia on part or all of the surface.
[sil-ee-ey-tid] /ˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA). having cilia.
belonging or pertaining to the phylum Ciliophora.
Origin of ciliate
1785-95; < New Latinciliātus, equivalent to cili(a) cilia + -ātus-ate1