[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
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Historical Examples of pileum

  • The pileum placed on the head of the new master of arts in the xv?


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British Dictionary definitions for pileum


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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