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[pahy-luh m]
noun, plural pi·la [pahy-luh] /ˈpaɪ lə/.
  1. a javelin used in ancient Rome by legionaries, consisting of a three-foot-long shaft with an iron head of the same length.
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Origin of pilum

From the Latin word pīlum dart, javelin
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Examples from the Web for pilum

Historical Examples

  • The day of the sword and pilum had given place to that of the lance and bow.

    The Art of War in the Middle Ages A.D. 378-1515

    C. W. C. Oman

  • I am a spearman, but I prefer the North spear and the pilum.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard

  • Then picked he up a pilum from the hand of a slain legionary and he cast it with his might.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard

  • I have heard that he casteth the pilum even better than do other Romans.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard

  • Piliferous, bearing a slender bristle or hair (pilum), or beset with hairs.