Definition of pileus in English:

pileus

Line breaks: pi¦leus
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪlɪəs
 
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noun (plural pilei /-lɪʌɪ/)

Botany
  • The cap of a mushroom or toadstool.
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    • CO2, levels above 1,000 ppm repress expansion of the pileus and stimulate stipe growth in a wide variety of commercially-grown species, leading to spindly mushrooms in high CO2 conditions.
    • The development is initiated as a hyphal knot of 0.2 mm or less in diameter, which rapidly develops into a tiny primordium containing the rudimentary tissues of the future pileus and stipe.
    • Their compact pilei - tight-fitting in infant plants, robust and appetizingly domed in ripe ones - have a smooth (not lamellate) undersurface and a neat, strong stem.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'felt cap'.

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