[ pahy-lee-uhm, pil-ee- ]
/ ˈpaɪ li əm, ˈpɪl i- /
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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.
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Origin of pileum
1870–75; <New Latin, special use of Latin pīleum, variant of pīleus skullcap
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How to use pileum in a sentence
The pileum placed on the head of the new master of arts in the xv?
Cf. Haec mera libertas, hoc nobis pilea donant; and servos ad pileum vocare (Livy).
British Dictionary definitions for pileum
/ (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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