- a javelin used in ancient Rome by legionaries, consisting of a three-foot-long shaft with an iron head of the same length.
Origin of pilum
From the Latin word pīlum dart, javelin
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Examples from the Web for pilum
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.
Then picked he up a pilum from the hand of a slain legionary and he cast it with his might.
I have heard that he casteth the pilum even better than do other Romans.
Piliferous, bearing a slender bristle or hair (pilum), or beset with hairs.The Elements of Botany