[pahy-lif-er-uh s]


having or producing hair.

Origin of piliferous

First recorded in 1840–50; pili- + -ferous
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Contemporary Examples of piliferous

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Historical Examples of piliferous

British Dictionary definitions for piliferous



(esp of plants or their parts) bearing or ending in a hair or hairs
designating the outer layer of root epidermis, which bears the root hairs

Word Origin for piliferous

C19: from Latin pilus hair + -ferous . Compare pile ³
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piliferous in Medicine




Bearing or producing hair.
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