[pahy-lee-uh, pil-ee-uh]
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Pilea, of the nettle family, many species of which are cultivated for their ornamental foliage.

< Neo-Latin (1821), coinage based on Latin pīleus, pilleus skullcap (see pileus, -a2); orig. so called because one of the three sepals forms a hood over the fruit

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[pahy-lee-uhm, pil-ee-]
noun, plural pilea [pahy-lee-uh, pil-ee-uh] .
the top of the head of a bird, from the base of the bill to the nape.

1870–75; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin pīleum, variant of pīleus skullcap

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pilea (ˈpɪlɪə)
any plant of the tropical annual or perennial genus Pilea, esp P. muscosa, the artillery or gunpowder plant, which releases a cloud of pollen when shaken; some others are grown for their ornamental foliage: family Urticaceae
[New Latin, from Greek pilos cap (from the shape of the segments of the perianth)]

pileum (ˈpaɪlɪəm, ˈpɪl-)
n , pl -lea
the top of a bird's head from the base of the bill to the occiput
[C19: New Latin, from Latin pileus]

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