[ 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 pili1
Other definitions for pili (2 of 3)
[ pahy-lahy ]
/ ˈpaɪ laɪ /
Biology. plural of pilus.
Other definitions for pili (3 of 3)
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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How to use pili in a sentence
To commemorate his safe landing he at once planted on the rock the pili grass he had brought with him.Legends of Wailuku|Charlotte Hapai
On the contrary in speaking of the Canarium, Blanco states that it yields a resin called “pili-pitch.”The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines|T. H. Pardo de Tavera
The roasted Pili nut alone has a very agreeable almond taste.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
On Upolu the name of Pili has an early place among the doings of mortals and in the division of the lands.
When Pili was old and dying he called his children together and appointed them their places and employments.
British Dictionary definitions for pili (1 of 2)
/ (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
British Dictionary definitions for pili (2 of 2)
/ (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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