from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of ciliate infusorians, representing a low grade of organization of the Ciliata, common in infusions of hay.
- n. [Used as a plural.] A synonym of
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The colpoda -- undoubted infusoria -- behave in an exactly similar manner.
These may be, however, only individual variations of a widely spread species, and I believe it is perfectly safe to describe this as _Colpidium colpoda_.
We there demonstrated that, when we place in water some of the dust formed of desiccated vibrios, containing a host of these refractive corpuscles, in the course of a very few hours large vibrios appear, well-developed rods fully grown, in which the brilliant points are absent; whilst in the water no process of development from smaller vibrios is to be discerned, a fact which seems to show that the former had issued fully grown from the refractive corpuscles, just as we see colpoda issue with their adult aspect from the dust of their cysts.