bell animalcule definition

  • noun:
    • An infusorian regarding the household Vorticellidae, common in freshwater ponds.
    • the typical English name of a peritrichous ciliated infusorian, associated with family members Vorticellidæ (which see). See cut-under Vorticella. Also referred to as bell-polyp.
  • others:
    • An infusorian regarding the family Vorticellidæ, typical in fresh-water ponds.
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