Definition of Cirri

1. n. pl. See Cirrus.



Definition of Cirri

1. Noun. (botany) (plural of cirrus) Tendrils or claspers. ¹

2. Noun. (zoology) (plural of cirrus) Grouped cilia that function as "legs" in certain species of protists. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cirri

1. cirrus [n] - See also: cirrus

Medical Definition of Cirri

1. Large motor organelles of hypotrich ciliates: formed from fused cilia. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cirri

cirques
cirrate
cirrhi
cirrhiferous
cirrhogenous
cirrhonosus
cirrhose
cirrhosed
cirrhoses
cirrhosis
cirrhosis of the liver
cirrhotic
cirrhotics
cirrhous
cirrhus
cirri (current term)
cirriferous
cirriform
cirrigerous
cirrigrade
cirriped
cirripede
cirripedes
cirripeds
cirrocumuli
cirrocumulus
cirrocumulus cloud
cirrose
cirrostrati
cirrostratus

Literary usage of Cirri

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"There can be very little doubt that these elegant organs, provided as they are with cirri aud cilia, are not only instrumental in conveying microscopic ..."

2. A Treatise on Zoology by Edwin Ray Lankester (1903)
"The progression is effected entirely by the cilia or cirri on the ventral surface of the body, which are used like the legs of higher animals. ..."

3. The Cambridge Natural History by Sidney Frederick Harmer, Arthur Everett Shipley (1896)
"of cirri. Mediterranean, Atlantic, on the Norwegian coast, off Spitzbergen, and on the Madeira coast. S. armillaris Mull, is very common at low water; ..."

4. Proceedings of the British Meteorological Society by British Meteorological Society (1863)
"This appearance of the higher cirri immediately brought to my recollection something of a very similar character which I had noticed when an undergraduate ..."

5. A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia: With Figures of All the Species by Charles Darwin (1854)
"The three posterior cirri are elongated, and each segment supports five or six pairs of long spines, with a few minute intermediate bristles. 2. ..."

6. A Manual of the Common Invertebrate Animals: Exclusive of Insects by Henry Sherring Pratt (1916)
"Key to the genera of Syllidae here described: a. Palps prominent; ventral cirri present; tentacles and cirri segmented. 1. ..."

7. A History of British Fishes by William Yarrell (1841)
"than to the mouth, are four cirri arranged in an irregular line. The summit of the head is rough, with the central plates beautifully radiated, ..."

8. The Micrographic Dictionary: A Guide to the Examination and Investigation of by John William Griffith, Arthur Henfrey (1875)
"They aro t he crawling Infusoria; and their styles, hooks, and marginal cirri occasionally split longitudinally, and are transformed into bundles of five ..."

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