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vorticella

[vawr-tuh-sel-uh] /ˌvɔr təˈsɛl ə/
noun, plural vorticellae
[vawr-tuh-sel-ee] /ˌvɔr təˈsɛl i/ (Show IPA),
vorticellas.
1.
any ciliated protozoan of the genus Vorticella, having a transparent, bell-shaped body with a retractile stalk.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Neo-Latin; see vortex, -ella
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vorticella

/ˌvɔːtɪˈsɛlə/
noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
1.
any protozoan of the genus Vorticella, consisting of a goblet-shaped ciliated cell attached to the substratum by a long contractile stalk
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, literally: a little eddy, from vortex
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