Definition of pilose in English:

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pilose

Pronunciation: /ˈpīlōs/
(also pilous)

adjective

Botany & Zoology
Covered with long soft hairs.
Example sentences
  • Though they emphasized some within-plant variation of leaf pubescence, cotton cultivars are usually described as either smooth, lightly hairy, hairy, very hairy, or pilose.
  • If the hairs are long (longer than 2 mm), soft, fine, and very close together, forming a plush surface, the surface is pilose.

Derivatives

pilosity

Pronunciation: /pīˈläsədē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Although many Maxillaria spp. offer rewards, the vast majority seemingly do not, and these are thought to attract insects by ‘deceit’ using a combination of features such as colour, fragrance and pilosity.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin pilosus, from pilus 'hair'.

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