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pilum

[pahy-luh m] /ˈpaɪ ləm/
noun, plural pila
[pahy-luh] /ˈpaɪ lə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a javelin used in ancient Rome by legionaries, consisting of a three-foot-long shaft with an iron head of the same length.
Origin
< Latin pīlum dart, javelin
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