pineal

[ pin-ee-uh l, pahy-nee-, pahy-nee- ]
/ ˈpɪn i əl, ˈpaɪ ni-, paɪˈni- /
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adjective

resembling a pine cone in shape.
of or relating to the pineal body.

Nearby words

  1. pine tree shilling,
  2. pine tree state,
  3. pine warbler,
  4. pine-barren,
  5. pine-tree,
  6. pineal apparatus,
  7. pineal body,
  8. pineal eye,
  9. pineal gland,
  10. pineal stalk

Origin of pineal

1675–85; < New Latin pīneālis, equivalent to Latin pīne(a) pine cone, noun use of feminine of pīneus of a pine tree (pīn(us) pine1 + -eus -eous) + -ālis -al1

Related formspre·pin·e·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pineal

pineal

/ (ˈpɪnɪəl, paɪˈniːəl) /

adjective

resembling a pine cone
of or relating to the pineal gland

Word Origin for pineal

C17: via French from Latin pīnea pine cone

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Word Origin and History for pineal

pineal

adj.

1680s, in reference to the gland in the brain, from French pinéal, literally "like a pine cone," from Latin pinea "pine cone," from pinus "pine tree" (see pine (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for pineal

pineal

[ pĭnē-əl, pīnē- ]

adj.

Having the form of a pine cone.
Of or relating to the pineal body.

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