[ 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for pilea
/ (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)
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