pilea

[ pahy-lee-uh, pil-ee-uh ]
/ ˈpaɪ li ə, ˈpɪl i ə /

noun

any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Pilea, of the nettle family, many species of which are cultivated for their ornamental foliage.

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Origin of pilea

<New Latin (1821), coinage based on Latin pīleus, pilleus skullcap (see pileus, -a2); originally so called because one of the three sepals forms a hood over the fruit
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British Dictionary definitions for pilea

pilea
/ (ˈpɪlɪə) /

noun

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)
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