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[pahy-lee-uh m, pil-ee-] /ˈpaɪ li əm, ˈpɪl i-/
noun, plural pilea
[pahy-lee-uh, pil-ee-uh] /ˈpaɪ li ə, ˈpɪl i ə/ (Show IPA)
the top of the head of a bird, from the base of the bill to the nape.
Origin of pileum
1870-75; < New Latin, special use of Latin pīleum, variant of pīleus skullcap Unabridged
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  • The pileum placed on the head of the new master of arts in the xv?

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British Dictionary definitions for pileum


/ˈpaɪlɪəm; ˈpɪl-/
noun (pl) -lea (-lɪə)
the top of a bird's head from the base of the bill to the occiput
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin pileus
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