1 [pee-lee]
noun, plural pilies.
a Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, the edible seeds of which taste like a sweet almond.
Also called pili nut. the seed of this tree.

< Tagalog

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2 [pahy-lahy]
Biology. plural of pilus.


a combining form meaning “hair,” used in the formation of compound words: piliform.

combining form representing Latin pilus; see -i-


noun, plural pili [pahy-lahy] . Biology.
a hair or hairlike structure.

1955–60; < Latin

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pili1 (pɪˈliː)
n , pl -lis
1.  a burseraceous Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, with edible seeds resembling almonds
2.  Also called: pili nut the seed of this tree
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pili2 (ˈpaɪlɪ)
pl n , sing pilus
bacteriol short curled hairlike processes on the surface of certain bacteria that are involved in conjugation and the attachment of the bacteria to other cells
[C20: from Latin: hairs]

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pilus pi·lus (pī'ləs)
n. pl. pi·li (-lī')

  1. A hair.

  2. A fine filamentous appendage, somewhat analogous to the flagellum, that occurs on some bacteria. Also called fimbria.

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