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  1. having the form of a villus.
  2. shaped and set so as to resemble the pile of velvet, as the teeth of certain fishes.
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Origin of villiform

From the New Latin word villiformis, dating back to 1840–50. See villus, -i-, -form
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Historical Examples of villiform

  • The most usual type of teeth among fishes is that of villiform bands.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

British Dictionary definitions for villiform


  1. having the form of a villus or a series of villi
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Word Origin for villiform

C19: from New Latin villiformis, from Latin villus shaggy hair + -form
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