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plural noun
(bacteriol) curled hairlike processes on the surface of the bacterium Escherichia coli by means of which the bacterium adheres to and infects wounds
Word Origin
C20: from curl(ed) (pil)i
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  • A curlew, motionless on his long legs, calls cheerfully from the point of sand: "curlicurli!"

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith

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