- any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Pilea, of the nettle family, many species of which are cultivated for their ornamental foliage.
Origin of pilea
[pahy-lee-uh m, pil-ee-]
- 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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- 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
New Latin, from Greek pilos cap (from the shape of the segments of the perianth)
- the top of a bird's head from the base of the bill to the occiput
C19: New Latin, from Latin pileus
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