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Related to piliferous: conferred


Bearing or producing hair.

[Latin pilus, hair + -ferous.]


1. (Botany) (esp of plants or their parts) bearing or ending in a hair or hairs
2. (Botany) designating the outer layer of root epidermis, which bears the root hairs
[C19: from Latin pilus hair + -ferous. Compare pile3]
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We took additional notes for each osteoderm including: the total number of peripheral figures, number and position of piliferous foramina, and relief of the central figure.
The maximum number of peripheral figures observed throughout the carapace was ten, with abnormally large piliferous foramina standing out in some regions.