from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of cellular cryptogamous aquatic plants, of the class Characeæ and type of the order Nitelleæ.
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- n. fragile branching stoneworts
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Drs.K. S. Cole and H.J. Curtis reported having discovered that the long single cells of the fresh-water plant nitella, used frequently in goldfish bowls, are virtually identical with those of single nerve fibers.
The nitella plant thus may become a sort of Rosetta stone for deciphering the closely guarded secrets close to the very borderland of mind and matter.
Furthermore, they found that nitella fibers, on being excited, propagate electrical waves that are similar in every way, except velocity, to those of the nerve fibers in animals and man.
Pheidole fimbriata Roger, Pheidole nitella Wilson and