[pahy-lee-uh m, pil-ee-]
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for pileum
Historical Examples of pileum
The pileum placed on the head of the new master of arts in the xv?Cambridge
Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012