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Plural of pilus.


n, pl -lis
1. (Plants) a burseraceous Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, with edible seeds resembling almonds
2. (Plants) Also called: pilinut the seed of this tree
[from Tagalog]


pl n, sing pilus (ˈpaɪləs)
(Microbiology) 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]


(ˈpaɪ laɪ)

Biol. pl. of pilus.
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In the process of cultivating pili, Nanay Merle discovered that oil could be extracted from the outer covering of the pili nut by boiling it in water.
She continues to think of ways to further help her community, most especially the women whose main source of livelihood is from pili nuts.
With all children in fancy dress receiving half-price admission, Pili Palas really is the place to go over the half-term break if you're looking to enjoy some superb spooky fun for all the family.
All strains isolated from the patients reported here expressed CPS, pili, or both surface-associated GBS virulence factors.
10) Pili do not only function in the host-pathogen interaction by enabling adhesion to and invasion of host cells, but the interaction of pili with host cell receptors is essential to the induction of inflammation via the production of inflammatory markers, such as cytokines.
This year Pili Pala will also be welcoming Cardiff-based record label and promoter Jealous Lovers Club who will be curating the headline stage on the Saturday night featuring amongst others Wasters and The Echo and the Always.
Pili Pala's owners, who also run other nursery businesses, including two branches of Pili Pala in Cardiff, said that as the welfare of the children is their primary and overriding concern, they decided to shut the business with immediate effect once they were informed on Monday that the premises does not meet the high standards that they wish to provide.
Adults can refuel in the caf, and watch lively meerkats at play and with a shop specialising in gifts for bug-mad kids, and plenty of pocket money-priced souvenirs, Pili Palas is a must.
Earlier this year, researchers had found that the pili on G.
PILI PALAS NATURE WORLD, ANGLESEY [bar] OR, to give it its other, groovier name, Pili Palas' Butterfly, Bird and Mini-Beast Palace is a great day out for all the family.
6 issue one day, with the Life article on microbes that walk on their pili ("Sure, but can they chew gum too?