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Plural of pilus.
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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]
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(ˈpaɪ laɪ)

Biol. pl. of pilus.
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