plural paramecia ˌper-ə-ˈmē-sh(ē-)ə
: any of a genus (Paramecium) of ciliate chiefly freshwater protozoans that have an elongate body rounded at the anterior end and an oblique funnel-shaped buccal groove bearing the mouth at the extremity
Recent Examples on the Web The myth of the simple paramecium was shattered in 2006 when scientists sequenced its genome. —Mara Grunbaum, Discover Magazine, 3 July 2011
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