[ 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.

Origin of pilea

< New Latin (1821), coinage based on Latin pīleus, pilleus skullcap (see pileus, -a2); orig. so called because one of the three sepals forms a hood over the fruit

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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