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pili1

[pee-lee] /piˈli/
noun, plural pilies.
1.
a Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, the edible seeds of which taste like a sweet almond.
2.
Also called pili nut. the seed of this tree.
Origin
< Tagalog

pili2

[pahy-lahy] /ˈpaɪ laɪ/
noun
1.
Biology. plural of pilus.

pili-

1.
a combining form meaning “hair,” used in the formation of compound words:
piliform.
Origin
combining form representing Latin pilus; see -i-

pilus

[pahy-luh s] /ˈpaɪ ləs/
noun, plural pili
[pahy-lahy] /ˈpaɪ laɪ/ (Show IPA).
Biology
1.
a hair or hairlike structure.
Origin
1955-60; < Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for pili

pili1

/pɪˈliː/
noun (pl) -lis
1.
a burseraceous Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, with edible seeds resembling almonds
2.
Also called pili nut. the seed of this tree
Word Origin
from Tagalog

pili2

/ˈpaɪlɪ/
plural noun (sing) pilus (ˈpaɪləs)
1.
(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
Word Origin
C20: from Latin: hairs
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pili in Medicine

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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