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NOUN (2)

1. a hairlike projection from the surface of a cell; provides locomotion in free-swimming unicellular organisms;

2. any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids;
[syn: eyelash, lash, cilium]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cilia \Cil"i*a\, n. pl. Cilium, the sing., is rarely used. [L. cilium eyelid.] 1. (Anat.) The eyelashes. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) 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. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.) Hairlike processes, commonly marginal and forming a fringe like the eyelash. [1913 Webster] 4. (Zool.) Small, vibratory, swimming organs, somewhat resembling true cilia, as those of Ctenophora. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cilium \Cil"i*um\, n. [L., eyelid.] See Cilia. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

cilium n 1: a hairlike projection from the surface of a cell; provides locomotion in free-swimming unicellular organisms 2: any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids [syn: eyelash, lash, cilium]