(noun) a hairlike projection from the surface of a cell; provides locomotion in free-swimming unicellular organisms

eyelash, lash, cilium

(noun) any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids

Source: WordNet® 3.1



plural of cilium


• Iliac, iliac

Source: Wiktionary

Cil"i*a, n. pl. Cilium, the sing., is rarely used. Etym: [L. cilium eyelid.]

1. (Anat.)

Definition: The eyelashes.

2. (Biol.)

Definition: Small, generally microscopic, vibrating appendages lining certain organs, as the air passages of the higher animals, and in the lower animals often covering also the whole or a part of the exterior. They are also found on some vegetable organisms. In the Infusoria, and many larval forms, they are locomotive organs.

3. (Bot.)

Definition: Hairlike processes, commonly marginal and forming a fringe like the eyelash.

4. (Zoöl.)

Definition: Small, vibratory, swimming organs, somewhat resembling true cilia, as those of Ctenophora.


Cil"i*um, n. Etym: [L., eyelid.]

Definition: See Cilia.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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