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[pahy-lif-er-uh s]
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  1. having or producing hair.
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Origin of piliferous

First recorded in 1840–50; pili- + -ferous
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Related Words for piliferous

furry, shaggy, woolly, fuzzy, unshaven, hirsute, bearded, bristly, bushy, downy, fleecy, flocculent, fluffy, rough, tufted, bewhiskered, lanate, pileous, piliferous, pubescent

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British Dictionary definitions for piliferous


  1. (esp of plants or their parts) bearing or ending in a hair or hairs
  2. designating the outer layer of root epidermis, which bears the root hairs
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Word Origin for piliferous

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


  1. Bearing or producing hair.
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