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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



  1. 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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pilose in Medicine


  1. Covered with fine, soft hair.
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