from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. One of the orders of Infusoria, characterized by having cilia. In some species the cilia cover the body generally, in others they form a band around the mouth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The ciliated infusorians; a major group of Infusoria, as distinguished from the Flagellata and the Tentaculifera, characterized by the possession of organs of locomotion and prehension in the shape of numerous vibratile cilia, more or less completely clothing the body.
- A branch of Platyhelmia, consisting of two classes, Planariæ and Nemertina, as together distinguished from a branch Suctoria: an inexact synonym of Nemertoidea (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. class of protozoa having cilia or hairlike appendages on part or all of the surface during some part of the life cycle
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