• WordNet 3.6
    • n Ciliata 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Ciliata (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ciliata 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. The cilia are variously modified as set, styles, or uncini, and membraniform expansions are occasionally found; but the Ciliata are devoid of the special supplementary lash-like appendages called fiagella. They are usually unsymmetrical animals of a high grade of organization in their class, the simplest of them being differentiated into an endosarc and ectosarc with an endoplastule and contractile vacuole, while most, if not all, show an oral region where food is ingested, whence an esophageal depression leads into the endosarc; and there is also, usually, an aboral or anal area through which the refuse of digestion is evacuated. The families are numerous, and have been divided by Stein into the groups Holotricha, Heterotricha, Hypotricha, and Peritricha, according to the character of the cilia and their disposition upon the body of the animal. Paramecium and Vorticella are common examples of the Ciliata.
    • ciliata 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).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Cilia


In literature:

Clark published a paper "On the Spongiae Ciliatae as Infusoria flagellata" in the "Mem.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Mandibulae validae corneae arcuatae, intus apicem versus subsinuatae edentulae basin versus ciliatae vel submembranaceae.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
Squamae satis magnae, nitidae ciliatae.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
A delicate slender species, not unlike B. ciliata or avicularis in habit.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
Tetratheca ciliata, volume 2 page 206.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Calliblepharis ciliata and jubata are coarser plants, the latter being the more frequent.
"Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils" by Peter Gray
In unequal fission the meganucleus sends a process into the bud, while the micronucleus divides as in Ciliata.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various
The individual cells swarmed about independently in the water like fringed Infusoria, or Ciliata.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel