[pin-ee-uh l, pahy-nee-, pahy-nee-]
- resembling a pine cone in shape.
- of or relating to the pineal body.
Origin of pineal
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Examples from the Web for pineal
This pineal eye has been compared in structure to the eye of Ascidians.Stories of the Universe: Animal Life
Lotus ladies tend them i'the eyes, their pineal glands aglow.Ulysses
The pineal gland is the seat of the soul, and miracles fence us in at every step.Unicorns
I've kept away now from the Pineal Gland for three nights in succession.
But there was one gland which had not been duplicated in The Brain, the pineal gland.
- resembling a pine cone
- of or relating to the pineal gland
C17: via French from Latin pīnea pine cone
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Word Origin and History for pineal
1680s, in reference to the gland in the brain, from French pinéal, literally "like a pine cone," from Latin pinea "pine cone," from pinus "pine tree" (see pine (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having the form of a pine cone.
- Of or relating to the pineal body.
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