[ vil-uh s ]
/ ˈvɪl əs /


covered with or of the nature of villi.
having villiform processes.
Botany. pubescent with long and soft hairs that are not interwoven.

Origin of villous

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at villose, -ous

Related forms

vil·lous·ly, adverbin·ter·vil·lous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for villous


/ (ˈvɪləs) /


(of plant parts) covered with long hairs
of, relating to, or having villi

Derived Forms

villously, adverb

Word Origin for villous

C14: from Latin villōsus, from villus tuft of hair
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Medicine definitions for villous


[ vĭləs ]


Of, relating to, resembling, or covered with villi.
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