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pili

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[ pee-lee ]
/ piˈli /
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noun, plural pi·lies.
a Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, the edible seeds of which taste like a sweet almond.
Also called pili nut . the seed of this tree.
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Origin of pili

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From Tagalog

Other definitions for pili (2 of 3)

pili2
[ pahy-lahy ]
/ ˈpaɪ laɪ /

noun
Biology. plural of pilus.

Other definitions for pili (3 of 3)

pili-

a combining form meaning “hair,” used in the formation of compound words: piliform.

Origin of pili-

Combining form representing Latin pilus;see -i-
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British Dictionary definitions for pili (1 of 2)

pili1
/ (pɪˈliː) /

noun plural -lis
a burseraceous Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, with edible seeds resembling almonds
Also called: pili nut the seed of this tree

Word Origin for pili

from Tagalog

British Dictionary definitions for pili (2 of 2)

pili2
/ (ˈpaɪlɪ) /

pl n singular pilus (ˈpaɪləs)
bacteriol short curled hairlike processes on the surface of certain bacteria that are involved in conjugation and the attachment of the bacteria to other cells

Word Origin for pili

C20: from Latin: hairs
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