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pilea

[pahy-lee-uh, pil-ee-uh] /ˈpaɪ li ə, ˈpɪl i ə/
noun
1.
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Pilea, of the nettle family, many species of which are cultivated for their ornamental foliage.
Origin
< New 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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pilea

/ˈpɪlɪə/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek pilos cap (from the shape of the segments of the perianth)
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