vorticella

noun
vor·​ti·​cel·​la | \ ˌvȯr-tə-ˈse-lə How to pronounce vorticella (audio) \
plural vorticellae\ ˌvȯr-​tə-​ˈse-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce vorticella (audio) \ or vorticellas

Definition of vorticella

: any of a genus (Vorticella) of stalked bell-shaped ciliates

First Known Use of vorticella

1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vorticella

New Latin, from Latin vortic-, vortex

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“Vorticella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vorticella. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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