[ pahy-lee-uh, pil-ee-uh ]
/ ˈpaɪ li ə, ˈpɪl i ə /
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Pilea, of the nettle family, many species of which are cultivated for their ornamental foliage.
Words nearby pilea
Definition for pilea (2 of 2)
[ pahy-lee-uh m, pil-ee- ]
/ ˈpaɪ li əm, ˈpɪl i- /
noun, plural pi·le·a [pahy-lee-uh, pil-ee-uh] /ˈpaɪ li ə, ˈpɪl i ə/.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for pilea (1 of 2)
/ (ˈpɪlɪə) /
any plant of the tropical annual or perennial genus Pilea, esp P. muscosa, the artillery or gunpowder plant, which releases a cloud of pollen when shaken; some others are grown for their ornamental foliage: family Urticaceae
Word Origin for pilea
New Latin, from Greek pilos cap (from the shape of the segments of the perianth)
British Dictionary definitions for pilea (2 of 2)
/ (ˈpaɪlɪəm, ˈpɪl-) /
noun plural -lea (-lɪə)
the top of a bird's head from the base of the bill to the occiput
Word Origin for pileum
C19: New Latin, from Latin pileus
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