Ox·​yt·​ri·​cha | \ äkˈsi‧trə̇kə \

Definition of Oxytricha

: a widely distributed genus (the type of the family Oxytrichidae) of flexible ellipsoidal hypotrichous ciliates with eight frontal, five ventral, and undeveloped caudal cirri — compare stylonychia

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Other Words from Oxytricha

oxytrichid \ -​rə̇kə̇d \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for Oxytricha

New Latin, from oxy- + -tricha

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“Oxytricha.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oxytricha. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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