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pili1

[pee-lee]
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noun, plural pi·lies.
  1. a Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, the edible seeds of which taste like a sweet almond.
  2. Also called pili nut. the seed of this tree.

Origin of pili1

From Tagalog

pili2

[pahy-lahy]
noun
  1. Biology. plural of pilus.

pilus

[pahy-luh s]
noun, plural pi·li [pahy-lahy] /ˈpaɪ laɪ/. Biology.
  1. a hair or hairlike structure.

Origin of pilus

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1955–60

pili-

  1. a combining form meaning “hair,” used in the formation of compound words: piliform.

Origin of pili-

combining form representing Latin pilus; see -i-
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Examples from the Web for pili

Historical Examples

  • Paoa stood upon the little plot of pili grass as he answered her.

    Legends of Wailuku

    Charlotte Hapai

  • Chocolate is often adulterated with roasted rice and Pili nuts.

  • Afterward, he went back to Samoa and returned with Pili, whom he made ruler, and from whom the Kamehamehas were descended.

  • To commemorate his safe landing he at once planted on the rock the pili grass he had brought with him.

    Legends of Wailuku

    Charlotte Hapai

  • The roasted Pili nut alone has a very agreeable almond taste.


British Dictionary definitions for pili

pili1

noun plural -lis
  1. a burseraceous Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, with edible seeds resembling almonds
  2. Also called: pili nut the seed of this tree

Word Origin

from Tagalog

pili2

pl n singular pilus (ˈpaɪləs)
  1. bacteriol short curled hairlike processes on the surface of certain bacteria that are involved in conjugation and the attachment of the bacteria to other cells

Word Origin

C20: from Latin: hairs
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pili in Medicine

pilus

(pīləs)
n. pl. pi•li (-lī′)
  1. A hair.
  2. A fine filamentous appendage, somewhat analogous to the flagellum, that occurs on some bacteria.fimbria
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