covered with hair, especially soft hair; furry.

Nearby words

  1. pilomotor reflex,
  2. pilon,
  3. pilonidal,
  4. pilonidal sinus,
  5. pilos,
  6. pilosebaceous,
  7. pilosity,
  8. pilot,
  9. pilot balloon,
  10. pilot bird

Also pilous.

Origin of pilose

First recorded in 1745–55, pilose is from the Latin word pilōsus shaggy. See pile3, -ose1

Related formspi·los·i·ty [pahy-los-i-tee] /paɪˈlɒs ɪ ti/, nounsub·pi·lose, adjectivesub·pi·los·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pilose




biology covered with fine soft hairspilose leaves
Derived Formspilosity (paɪˈlɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for pilose

C18: from Latin pilōsus, from pilus hair

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Medicine definitions for pilose




Covered with fine, soft hair.

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