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pig's ears
either of two common edible North American fungi, Peziza badia and Discina perlata. * * *
/pig"owt'/, n. Slang. an instance of overindulging in eating; food binge. [1975-80; n. use of v. phrase pig out] * * *
pig-tailed macaque
/pig"tayld'/ a forest-dwelling southeast Asian macaque, Macaca nemestrina, having a short, curled tail, colonized for animal behavior studies. Also, pigtailed ...
Fr. /pee gannl"/, n. See Place Pigalle. * * *
Pigalle, Jean-Baptiste
born Jan. 26, 1714, Paris, France died Aug. 21, 1785, Paris French sculptor. Born into a family of master carpenters, he began training as a sculptor in Paris at 18 and then ...
pig bed n. A bed of sand in which pigs of iron is cast. * * *
/pig"boht'/, n. Older Slang. a submarine. [1920-25, Amer.; PIG1 + BOAT] * * *
pigeon1 /pij"euhn/, n. 1. any bird of the family Columbidae, having a compact body and short legs, esp. the larger species with square or rounded tails. Cf. dove1 (def. 1). 2. a ...
pigeon blood
dark red. Also, pigeon's blood. [1890-95] * * *
pigeon breast
—pigeon-breasted, adj. —pigeon-breastedness, n. Pathol. See chicken breast. Also called pigeon chest. [1840-50] * * *
pigeon clock.
See pigeon timer. * * *
pigeon drop
a confidence game or sleight-of-hand swindle whereby cash is extracted from the victim as collateral for a supposed share in a large sum of discovered money, dishonest profits, ...
pigeon grape.
See summer grape. * * *
pigeon guillemot.
See under guillemot (def. 1). * * *
pigeon hawk
merlin. [1720-30, Amer.] * * *
pigeon milk.
See crop milk. [1885-90] * * *
pigeon pea
1. a tropical shrub, Cajanus cajan, having showy yellow flowers. 2. the brown, edible seed of this plant. [1715-25] * * *
pigeon pox
Vet. Pathol. a disease affecting pigeons, similar to fowl pox. Also, pigeonpox /pij"euhn poks'/. * * *
pigeon racing
▪ sport also called  Pigeon Flying,         racing for sport the homing pigeon, a specialized variety developed through selective crossbreeding and training for ...
pigeon timer
a device for timing the arrivals of pigeons being raced, consisting of a magazine for holding the identification bands of the contestants in the order in which they are inserted ...
See pigeon breast. * * *
/pij"euhn hahr"tid/, adj. timid; meek. [1615-25] * * *
/pij"euhn liv"euhrd/, adj. meek-tempered; spiritless; mild. [1595-1605] * * *
/pij"euhn tohd'/, adj. having the toes or feet turned inward. [1795-1805] * * *
pigeon breast n. A chest deformity marked by a projecting sternum, often occurring as a result of infantile rickets. Also called chicken breast.   piʹgeon-breast'ed ...
pigeon hawk n. See merlin. * * *
/pij"euhn hohl'/, n., v., pigeonholed, pigeonholing. n. 1. one of a series of small, open compartments, as in a desk, cabinet, or the like, used for filing or sorting papers, ...
/pij"euh nuyt'/, n. Mineral. a monoclinic variety of pyroxene consisting mainly of a mixture of (MgFe)SiO3 and CaMg(SiO3)2. [1895-1900; named after Pigeon Point, NE Minnesota; ...
pigeon pea n. In both senses also called cajan pea, catjang, dahl. 1. A tropical African shrub (Cajanus cajan) of the pea family, having trifoliolate leaves, yellow or orange ...
/pij"euhn wing'/, n. 1. a particular figure in skating, outlining the spread wing of a pigeon. 2. a similar fancy step or evolution in dancing. [1775-85; PIGEON1 + WING] * * *
/pig"fish'/, n., pl. pigfishes, (esp. collectively) pigfish. a grunt, Orthopristis chrysoptera, living in waters off the Atlantic coast of the southern U.S. [1800-10, Amer.; PIG1 ...
/pig"euh ree/, n., pl. piggeries. Chiefly Brit. a pigsty or pig breeder's establishment. [1795-1805; PIG1 + -ERY] * * *
/pig"ee/, n., adj., piggier, piggiest. piggy. * * *
/pig"in/, n. 1. Dial. a small wooden pail or tub with a handle formed by continuing one of the staves above the rim. 2. See cream pail. [1545-55; perh. akin to PIG2] * * *
pigging string
(in rodeo calf roping) a short length of rope used to bind a calf's legs after it is lassoed. Also, piggin' string /pig"in/. [1925-30, Amer.; appar. PIG1 + -ING1] * * *
—piggishly, adv. —piggishness, n. /pig"ish/, adj. 1. resembling a pig, esp. in being slovenly, greedy, or gluttonous: piggish table manners. 2. (of food portions) indecently ...
See piggish. * * *
See piggishly. * * *
(1935– ) a famous English jockey. He has won more races than anybody in the history of horse racing, including the Derby nine times. He was champion jockey eight times. He was ...
Piggott, Lester
▪ British jockey in full  Lester Keith Piggott   born Nov. 5, 1935, Wantage, Berkshire, Eng.       one of the world's leading jockeys in Thoroughbred flat racing. He ...
—pigginess, n. /pig"ee/, n., pl. piggies, adj., piggier, piggiest. n. 1. a small or young pig. adj. 2. Informal. piggish. 3. (of a sow) in an advanced state of pregnancy. Also, ...
piggy bank
1. a small bank, having the shape of a pig, provided with a slot at the top to receive small coins. 2. any small bank in which coins are kept. [1940-45] * * *
/pig"ee bak'/, adv. 1. on the back or shoulders: The little girl rode piggyback on her father. adj. 2. astride the back or shoulders: a piggyback ride. 3. sharing commercial ...
piggyback car
Railroads. a flatcar designed to accommodate containers or highway truck trailers. * * *
piggyback plant
a plant, Tolmiea menziesii, of the saxifrage family, native to western North America, that produces new plants at the base of its broad, hairy leaves and that is popular as a ...
piggy bank n. A child's coin bank shaped like a pig. * * *
—pigheadedly, adv. —pigheadedness, n. /pig"hed'id/, adj. stupidly obstinate; stubborn: pigheaded resistance. [1610-20; PIG1 + -HEADED] Syn. bullheaded, mulish. * * *
See pigheaded. * * *
See pigheadedly. * * *
pig iron n. Crude iron cast in blocks. * * *
pig Latin n. A jargon systematically formed by the transposition of the initial consonant to the end of the word and the suffixation of an additional syllable, as igpay atinlay ...
pig lead (lĕd) n. Crude lead cast in blocks. * * *
/pig"lit/, n. a little pig. [1880-85; PIG1 + -LET] * * *
Piglia, Ricardo
▪ Argentine author and critic born Nov. 24, 1941, Buenos Aires, Argentina       Argentine writer and critic best known for his introduction of hard-boiled fiction to ...
/pig"ling/, n. a young or small pig; piglet. [1705-15; PIG1 + -LING1] * * *
/pig"meuhnt/, n. 1. a dry insoluble substance, usually pulverized, which when suspended in a liquid vehicle becomes a paint, ink, etc. 2. a coloring matter or substance. 3. Biol. ...
/pig"meuhn ter'ee/, adj. of, pertaining to, having, or producing pigment. [1425-75; late ME: a dyer < L pigmentarius. See PIGMENT, -ARY] * * *
/pig'meuhn tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. coloration, esp. of the skin. 2. Biol. coloration with or deposition of pigment. [1865-70; < LL pigmentat(us) painted, colored (see PIGMENT, -ATE1) ...
pigment cell n. Biology See chromatophore. * * *
/pig"mee/, n., pl. Pigmies, adj. Pygmy. * * *
Pigneau de Béhaine, Pierre-Joseph-Georges
▪ Roman Catholic missionary born Nov. 2, 1741, Origny-Sainte-Benoîte, France died Oct. 9, 1799, Qui Nhon, central Vietnam       Roman Catholic missionary whose efforts ...
pi·gno·li (pēn-yōʹlē) pl.n. Pine nuts.   [Italian, pl. of pignolo, pine nut, from pigna, pine cone, variant of pina, from Latin pīnea. See pineal.] * * *
/peen yoh"lee euh/, n. See pine nut (def. 1). [1895-1900; < It pignol(o) + -ia -IA; cf. L pineus of PINE] * * *
/peen"yon/, n. the edible seed of the cones of certain pines, as the nut pine, Pinus pinea, of southern Europe. [1595-1605; < Sp piñón; cf. L pineus of PINE] * * *
/pig"neuhs/, n., pl. pignora /-neuhr euh/. Roman and Civil Law. 1. property held as security for a debt. 2. the contract containing such a pledge. [ < L: lit., pledge] * * *
/pig"nut'/, n. 1. the nut of the brown hickory, Carya glabra, of North America. 2. the tree itself. 3. the tuber of a European plant, Conopodium denudatum. [1600-10; PIG1 + ...
Pigot, George Pigot, Baron, 1st Baronet
▪ British colonial official born May 4, 1719, London, England died May 11, 1777, Madras, India       British East India merchant and governor of Madras who was arrested ...
Pigou, Arthur Cecil
▪ British economist born November 18, 1877, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England died March 7, 1959, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire       British economist noted for his studies in ...
pigout [pig′out΄] n. Slang a meal eaten in excess or large amounts: also pig-out * * *
/pig"pen'/, n. 1. a pen for keeping pigs. 2. a filthy or untidy place: This kitchen is a pigpen. [1795-1805; PIG1 + PEN2] * * *
/pigz/, n. Bay of. See Bay of Pigs. * * *
pigs in blankets
sing. pig in a blanket. 1. frankfurters or small sausages wrapped in dough and baked or broiled. 2. oysters, chicken livers, etc., wrapped in bacon, skewered, and broiled or ...
pigs' feet
Cookery. the feet of swine cooked and marinated in brine, sugar, spices, etc. Also called pickled pigs' feet. * * *
Pigs,Bay of
Pigs (pĭgz), Bay of A small inlet of the Caribbean Sea on the southern coast of western Cuba. It was the site of an ill-fated invasion on April 17, 1961, when a force of 1,500 ...
/pig"skin'/, n. 1. the skin of a pig. 2. leather made from it. 3. Informal. a saddle. 4. Informal. a football. [1850-55; PIG1 + SKIN] * * *
/pigz"nee/, n. Obs. 1. a darling. 2. an eye. [1350-1400; ME piggesnye, earlier piggesneyge, equiv. to pigges pig's (see PIG1, 'S1) + n- (prob. extracted from an, indefinite ...
—pigsticker, n. /pig"stik'/, v.i. to hunt for wild boar, usually on horseback and using a spear. [1890-95; PIG1 + STICK1] * * *
pigsticking [pig′stik΄iŋ] n. the hunting of wild boars, esp. on horseback and using spears pigsticker n. * * *
/pig"stuy'/, n., pl. pigsties. pigpen. [1585-95; PIG1 + STY1] * * *
/pig"tayl'/, n. 1. a braid of hair hanging down the back of the head. 2. tobacco in a thin, twisted roll. 3. Elect. a. a short, flexible wire used in connecting a stationary ...
pigtail hook
a screw hook having an eye in the form of a spiral for holding a loop, chain link, etc., at any angle. * * *
See pigtail. * * *
/pig"weed'/, n. 1. any goosefoot of the genus Chenopodium, esp. C. album. 2. any of certain amaranths, as Amaranthus retroflexus. [1795-1805; PIG1 + WEED1] * * * ▪ ...
▪ people       extinct Indian people of the southern highlands of Colombia. The Pijao spoke a language of the Chibchan family, related to that of the Páez, their ...
n. payment in kind. Also, p.i.k. * * *
Pik Pobedy
/pyeek" pu bye"di/ Russian name of Pobeda Peak. * * *
/puy"keuh/, n. any of several small, brown to gray tailless mammals of the genus Ochotona, resembling rabbits with short ears and legs and inhabiting western mountains of North ...
/pee"kah kay'/, n. a climbing vine, Jasminium sambac, of the olive family, probably of Asian origin, having fragrant white flowers used to flavor jasmine tea and, in Hawaii, to ...
pike1 —pikelike, adj. /puyk/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pike, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pikes. 1. any of several large, slender, voracious freshwater ...
/puyk/, n. 1. James Albert, 1913-69, U.S. Protestant Episcopal clergyman, lawyer, and author. 2. Zebulon Montgomery /zeb"yoo leuhn/, 1779-1813, U.S. general and explorer. * * ...
pike perch
▪ fish       any of several freshwater food and game fishes of the family Percidae (order Perciformes), found in Europe and North America. Although more elongated and ...
pike pole
(in lumbering) a long pole with a metal point and a fixed hook, for catching and guiding logs. [1820-30, Amer.] * * *
Pike, Kenneth L(ee)
born June 9, 1912, Woodstock, Conn., U.S. died Dec. 31, 2000, Dallas, Tex. U.S. linguist and anthropologist. Pike was associated throughout his career with the Summer Institute ...
Pike, Kenneth L.
▪ American linguist in full  Kenneth Lee Pike  born June 9, 1912, Woodstock, Connecticut, U.S. died December 31, 2000, Dallas, Texas       American linguist and ...
Pike, Mary Hayden Green
▪ American novelist née  Mary Hayden Green,  pseudonym  Mary Langdon  or  Sydney A. Story, Jr.  born Nov. 30, 1824, Eastport, Maine, U.S. died Jan. 15, 1908, Baltimore, ...
Pike, Zebulon Montgomery
born Jan. 5, 1779, Lamberton, N.J., U.S. died April 27, 1813, York, Ont. U.S. explorer. He joined the army at age 15. In 1805 he led an expedition to find the headwaters of the ...
Pike,Zebulon Montgomery
Pike (pīk), Zebulon Montgomery. 1779-1813. American army officer and explorer noted for his expedition up the Arkansas River to the Rocky Mountains (1806-1807). Pikes Peak is ...
/puyk"blen'ee/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pikeblenny, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pikeblennies. any of several tropical American clinid fishes of the genus ...
See pike1. * * *
piked dogfish
Brit. the spiny dogfish. [1870-75] * * *
piked whale (pīkt) n. A small, dark gray whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) having a white underside and white bands on the flippers. Also called minke whale. * * *
/puyk"meuhn/, n., pl. pikemen. a soldier armed with a pike. [1540-50; PIKE2 + -MAN] * * *
/puyk"perrch'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pikeperch, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pikeperches. any of several pikelike fishes of the perch family, esp. the ...
/puy"keuhr/, n. Informal. 1. a person who does anything in a contemptibly small or cheap way. 2. a stingy, tight-fisted person; tightwad. 3. a person who gambles, speculates, ...
Pikes Peak
a mountain in central Colorado: a peak of the Rocky Mountains. 14,108 ft. (4300 m). * * * Mountain peak, eastern Colorado, U.S. It is located in the Front Range of the Rocky ...
Pikes Peak (pīks) A mountain, 4,303.6 m (14,110 ft) high, in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. It was discovered in 1806 by Zebulon M. Pike and is ...
/puyk"staf', -stahf'/, n., pl. pikestaves /-stayvz'/. 1. the shaft of an infantry pike. 2. a foot traveler's staff with a metal point or spike at the lower end. [1325-75; ME ...
/puyks"vil/, n. a town in central Maryland, near Baltimore. 22,555. * * *
Pike’s Peak
a US mountain in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs, Colorado. ‘Pike’s Peak or Bust’ was the cry of people who rushed to that area when gold was discovered in 1859 ...
(in prescriptions) pill. [ < L pilula] * * *
/pi lahf", pee"lahf/, n. 1. a Middle Eastern dish consisting of sautéed, seasoned rice steamed in bouillon, sometimes with poultry, meat or shellfish. 2. rice cooked in a meat ...
/puy"leuhr/, adj. of, pertaining to, or covered with hair. [1855-60; < NL pilaris of hair. See PILE3, -AR1] * * * ▪ Paraguay       town, southwestern Paraguay. It lies ...
/pi las"teuhr/, n. Archit. a shallow rectangular feature projecting from a wall, having a capital and base and usually imitating the form of a column. [1565-75; PILE1 (in obs. ...
pilaster mass
Archit. an engaged pier, usually plain, used as a buttress. * * *
pilaster strip
Archit. a pilaster mass of relatively slight projection. [1870-75] * * *
/pi las"teuhrd/, adj. having, or supported by, pilasters. [1680-90; PILASTER + -ED3] * * *
/pil"euh strayd', pil'euh strayd"/, n. a row of pilasters. [1720-30; < It pilastrata. See PILASTER, -ADE1] * * *
/puy"leuht/, n. Pontius /pon"sheuhs, -tee euhs/, fl. early 1st century A.D., Roman procurator of Judea A.D. 26-36?: the final authority concerned in the condemnation and ...
Pilate, Pontius
died AD 36 Roman prefect of Judaea (AD 26–36) who presided at the trial of Jesus and gave the order for his crucifixion. The New Testament represents Pilate as a weak and ...
Pi·late (pīʹlət), Pontius.fl. first century A.D. Roman prefect of Judea who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus. * * *
/pi lah"teez/ Trademark. a system of physical conditioning involving low-impact exercises and stretches, performed on specialized equipment. Also called Pilates method. * * *
Ger. /pee lah"toos/, n. a mountain in central Switzerland, near Lucerne: a peak of the Alps; cable railway. 6998 ft. (2130 m). * * *
/pi lahf", pee"lahf, pi law", -low", pee"law, -low/, n. pilaf. Also, pilaw. * * *
▪ region, Western Australia, Australia also spelled  Pilbarra    region of northwestern Western Australia, extending south from the De Grey River to the Ashburton River ...
/pilch/, n. an infant's wrapper worn over a diaper. [bef. 1000; ME pilche a kind of outer garment, OE pylece < ML pellicia a furred garment, L pellicea, fem. of pelliceus of ...
/pil"cheuhrd/, n. 1. a small, southern European, marine fish, Sardina pilchardus, related to the herring but smaller and rounder. 2. any of several related fishes, as Sardinops ...
Pilcher Hawk
▪ monoplane glider  monoplane glider designed, built, and first flown by the English aviator Percy Sinclair Pilcher (Pilcher, Percy Sinclair) in 1896.       Pilcher ...
Pilcher, Percy Sinclair
▪ British engineer born January 1866 died Oct. 2, 1899, Leicestershire, Eng.  British aviation pioneer and glider experimenter.       Trained as a naval cadet, ...
/peel'kaw mah"yaw/, n. a river in S central South America, flowing SE from S Bolivia along the boundary between Paraguay and Argentina to the Paraguay River at Asunción. 1000 ...
Pilcomayo River
River, south-central South America. The chief western tributary of the Paraguay River, it rises in the eastern Andes Mountains in west-central Bolivia. It flows southeast ...
/pil"kroh/, n. a paragraph mark. [1400-50; appar. alter. (perh. conformed to CROW1) of late ME pylcraft(e), perh. < OF paragrafe, pelagraphe PARAGRAPH] * * *
pile1 /puyl/, n., v., piled, piling. n. 1. an assemblage of things laid or lying one upon the other: a pile of papers; a pile of bricks. 2. Informal. a large number, quantity, or ...
pile driver
1. a machine for driving piles, usually composed of a tall framework in which either a weight is raised and dropped on a pile head or in which a steam hammer drives the pile. 2. ...
pile fender.
See fender pile. * * *
/puy"lee euh, pil"ee euh/, n. any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Pilea, of the nettle family, many species of which are cultivated for their ornamental foliage. [ < NL ...
/puy"lee it, -ayt', pil"ee-/, adj. Bot., Zool. having a pileus. [1820-30; < L pileatus capped. See PILEUS, -ATE1] * * *
/puy"lee ay'tid, pil"ee-/, adj. Ornith. crested. [1720-30; PILEATE + -ED2] * * *
pileated woodpecker
a large, black-and-white American woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, having a prominent red crest. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
pileated woodpecker n. A large North American woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) having black and white plumage and a bright red crest. * * *
/puyld/, adj. having a pile, as velvet and other fabrics. [1400-50; late ME: covered with hair; see PILE3, -ED3] * * *
pile driver n. 1. A machine that drives a pile by raising a weight between guideposts and dropping it on the head of the pile. 2. One who operates such a machine. * * *
/puy"lee euh lay'tid, pil"ee-/, adj. pileated. * * *
pileolated warbler
either of two western subspecies of Wilson's warbler. * * *
/puy"lee euhs, pil"ee-/, adj. hairy or furry. [1835-45; PILE3 + -OUS] * * *
piles [pīlz] pl.n. 〚ME pylys < L pilae, pl. of pila, a ball, orig. prob. a knot of hair: see PILE2〛 hemorrhoids * * * piles (pīlz) pl.n. See hemorrhoid.   [Middle ...
/puy"lee euhm, pil"ee-/, n., pl. pilea /puy"lee euh, pil"ee euh/. the top of the head of a bird, from the base of the bill to the nape. [1870-75; < NL, special use of L pileum, ...
/puyl"up'/, n. 1. a massive collision of several or many moving vehicles. 2. an accumulation, as of work, chores, or bills. 3. a rough or disorderly falling of people upon one ...
/puy"lee euhs, pil"ee-/, n., pl. pilei /puy"lee uy', pil"ee uy'/ for 1, 2, 4, pileus for 3. 1. Mycol. the horizontal portion of a mushroom, bearing gills, tubes, etc., on its ...
/puyl"werrt', -wawrt'/, n. 1. Also called fireweed. a weedy composite plant, Erechtites hieracifolia, having narrow flower heads enclosed in green bracts. 2. a North American ...
—pilferer, n. /pil"feuhr/, v.i., v.t. to steal, esp. in small quantities. [1540-50; v. use of late ME pilfre booty < MF pelfre. See PELF] Syn. thieve, purloin, filch, ...
/pil"feuhr ij/, n. 1. the act or practice of pilfering; petty theft. 2. something that is pilfered. [1620-30; PILFER + -AGE] * * *
See pilferage. * * *
—pilgarlicky, adj. /pil gahr"lik/, n. 1. a person regarded with mild or pretended contempt or pity. 2. Obs. a baldheaded man. [1520-30; earlier pyllyd garleke lit., peeled ...
—pilgrimatic, pilgrimatical, adj. /pil"grim, -greuhm/, n. 1. a person who journeys, esp. a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: pilgrims to the ...
pilgrim bottle
a flat-sided water bottle having two loops at the side of a short neck for a suspending cord or chain. Also, pilgrim's bottle. [1870-75] * * * ▪ vessel       vessel ...
Pilgrim Fathers
☆ Pilgrim Fathers n. the Pilgrims (of Plymouth Colony) * * * (also the Pilgrims) the 102 English people who sailed to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Their group included 35 ...
Pilgrim Festivals
▪ Judaism Hebrew  Shalosh Regelim        in Judaism, the three occasions on which male Israelites were required to go to Jerusalem to offer sacrifice at the Temple ...
Pilgrim's Progress
an allegory (1678) by John Bunyan. * * * ▪ work by Bunyan       religious allegory by the English writer John Bunyan, a symbolic vision of the good man's pilgrimage ...
/pil"greuh mij/, n., v., pilgrimaged, pilgrimaging. n. 1. a journey, esp. a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes. 2. ...
Pilgrimage of Grace
(1536) Uprising in the northern counties of England against the Reformation legislation of Henry VIII. Royal mandates to dissolve the monasteries in the north triggered riots in ...
pilgrim bottle n. A costrel. * * *
➡ Pilgrim Fathers * * * First settlers of Plymouth (Massachusetts), the first permanent colony in New England (1620). The members of the English Separatist Church, a radical ...
Pilgrims' Way
▪ ancient route, England, United Kingdom       the North Downs trackway in southern England. It is a famous prehistoric route between the English Channel and the chalk ...
Pilgrim’s Progress
a religious novel written between 1678 and 1684 by John Bunyan. It is an allegory (= a story in which the characters and events are symbols representing other things, such as ...
pili1 /pee lee"/, n., pl. pilies. 1. a Philippine tree, Canarium ovatum, the edible seeds of which taste like a sweet almond. 2. Also called pili nut. the seed of this tree. [ < ...
pili nut
▪ nut       the nut of any tree of the genus Canarium (family Burseraceae), particularly the edible nut of the Philippine tree Canarium ovatum. In the South Pacific the ...
a combining form meaning "hair," used in the formation of compound words: piliform. [comb. form repr. L pilus; see -I-] * * *
▪ India       city, north-central Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It is located northeast of Bareilly, on a tributary of the Ramganga River. Pilibhit is a rail ...
/puy lif"euhr euhs/, adj. having or producing hair. [1840-50; PILI- + -FEROUS] * * *
/pil"euh fawrm'/, adj. having the form of a hair; resembling hair. [1820-30; < NL piliformis. See PILI-, -FORM] * * *
/pee'lee kee"ah/, n. Hawaiian. trouble. * * *
/puy"ling/, n. 1. a mass of building piles considered collectively. 2. a structure composed of piles. [1400-50; late ME pylyng. See PILE2, -ING1] * * *
/pil'euh pee"noh/, n. a language essentially the same as Tagalog that has been adopted as the official national language of the Philippines. Also called Filipino. * * *
Pilipino language
      standardized form of Tagalog (Tagalog language), and one of the two official languages of the Philippines (the other being English). It is a member of the ...
a British company that makes many different types of glass. The company has produced glass since the early 19th century, but it became well known in 1959 when Alastair Pilkington ...
Pilkington, Francis
▪ British composer born c. 1570 died 1638, Chester, Cheshire, England       English composer of lute songs and madrigals (madrigal).       Pilkington took a ...
Pilkington, Sir Alastair
▪ 1996       (SIR LIONEL ALEXANDER BETHUNE PILKINGTON), British industrialist and inventor of the float glass process (b. Jan. 7, 1920—d. May 5, 1995). * * *
pill1 /pil/, n. 1. a small globular or rounded mass of medicinal substance, usually covered with a hard coating, that is to be swallowed whole. 2. something unpleasant that has ...
pill bug
any of various small terrestrial isopods, esp. of the genera Armadillidium and Oniscus, which can roll themselves up into a spherical shape. [1835-45, Amer.] * * * Any species ...
pill popper
Informal. a person who takes pills regularly and in quantity. [1960-65] * * *
pill pusher
Slang (usually disparaging). 1. a medical doctor, esp. one who too readily prescribes medication. 2. a pharmacist. [1905-10] * * *
—pillager, n. /pil"ij/, v., pillaged, pillaging, n. v.t. 1. to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder: The barbarians pillaged every conquered ...
See pillage. * * *
Pillai, Thakazhi Sivasankara
▪ 2000       Indian writer whose works of over half a century—numbering some 40 novels and more than 600 short stories written in the Malayalam language—portrayed ...
—pillared, adj. —pillarlike, adj. /pil"euhr/, n. 1. an upright shaft or structure, of stone, brick, or other material, relatively slender in proportion to its height, and of ...
pillar and scroll shelf clock
 wooden shelf clock mass-produced in the United States from the second decade of the 19th century onward. The rectangular case is topped by a scroll broken in the centre by an ...
pillar box
Brit. a pillarlike box in which letters are deposited for collection by mail carriers; mailbox. Also called pillar post. [1855-60] * * *
Pillar of Fire
▪ American religion       a white Holiness church of Methodist antecedence that was organized (1901) in Denver, Colo., U.S., as the Pentecostal Union by Alma Bridwell ...
/pil"euhr euhn brest"/, adj. Mining. room-and-pillar. * * *
/pil"euh ret'/, n. a small pillar. [1655-65; PILLAR + -ET] * * *
Pillars of Hercules
the two promontories on either side of the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar: the Rock of Gibraltar in Europe and the Jebel Musa in Africa; fabled to have been raised by ...
Pillars of Islam
the five bases of the Islamic faith: shahada (confession of faith), salat (prayer), zakat (almsgiving), sawm (fasting, esp. during the month of Ramadan), and hajj (the pilgrimage ...
Pillarsof Hercules
Pil·lars of Hercules (pĭlʹərz) The ancient name for two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar and the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. They are ...
/pil"boks'/, n. 1. a box, usually shallow and often round, for holding pills. 2. a small, low structure of reinforced concrete, enclosing machine guns, and employed as a minor ...
pill bug n. In both senses also called slater, wood louse, also called regionally doodlebug. 1. A small terrestrial isopod crustacean of the genus Armadillidium closely related ...
/pil"hed'/, n. Slang. a person who habitually takes pills, esp. amphetamines or barbiturates. [1960-65; PILL1 + HEAD] * * *
/pil"yeuhn/, n. 1. a pad or cushion attached behind a saddle, esp. as a seat for a woman. 2. a pad, cushion, saddle, or the like, used as a passenger seat on a bicycle, motor ...
/pil"euh wingks'/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) an old instrument of torture similar to the thumbscrew. [1350-1400; Scots var. of late ME pyrwykes, pyrewinkes < ?] * * *
/pil"euh ree/, n., pl. pillories, v., pilloried, pillorying. n. 1. a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an ...
—pillowless, adj. —pillowlike, adj. /pil"oh/, n. 1. a bag or case made of cloth that is filled with feathers, down, or other soft material, and is used to cushion the head ...
pillow block
Mach. a cast-iron or steel block for supporting a journal or bearing. [1835-45] * * *
Pillow Book
▪ work by Sei Shōnagon Japanese  Makura No Sōshi        (c. 1000), title of a book of reminiscences and impressions by the 11th-century Japanese court lady Sei ...
pillow lace
pillow lace n. BOBBIN LACE * * *
pillow lace.
See bobbin lace. [1855-60] * * *
pillow lava
Geol. lava in the form of an agglomeration of rounded, pillow-shaped masses, the result of subaqueous or subglacial volcanic eruption. [1900-05] * * *
pillow sham
an ornamental cover laid over a bed pillow. [1870-75] * * *
pillow sword
a straight sword of the 17th century. * * *
pillow talk
private conversation, endearments, or confidences exchanged in bed or in intimate circumstances between spouses or lovers. [1935-40] * * *
pillow block n. A block that encloses and supports a journal or shaft; a bearing. * * *
/pil"oh kays'/, n. a removable sacklike covering, usually of cotton, drawn over a pillow. Also called pillowslip /pil"oh slip'/. [1715-25; PILLOW + CASE1] * * *
pillow lace n. See bobbin lace. * * *
pillow sham n. A decorative covering for a pillow on a bed. * * *
pil·low·slip (pĭlʹō-slĭp') n. See pillowcase. * * *
pillow talk n. Intimate conversation between lovers, typically taking place in bed. * * *
/pil"oh ee/, adj. pillowlike; soft; yielding: a pillowy carpet. [1790-1800; PILLOW + -Y1] * * *
/pilz"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n. Charles Alfred, 1842-99, U.S. businessman. * * *
Pillsbury Co.
U.S. food-products company. It was established in Minneapolis in 1871 as C.A. Pillsbury & Co. Its founder, Charles Alfred Pillsbury (1842–99), built the company into one of ...
Pillsbury Company
▪ American company       former American flour miller and food products manufacturer that was acquired by its rival, General Mills, in 2001. Both companies were ...
Pillsbury Doughboy
➡ Pillsbury * * *
Pillsbury, Charles Alfred
▪ American manufacturer born Dec. 3, 1842, Warner, N.H., U.S. died Sept. 17, 1899, Minneapolis, Minn.       U.S. flour miller who built his company into one of the ...
Pillsbury,Charles Alfred
Pills·bur·y (pĭlzʹbĕr'ē, -bə-rē), Charles Alfred. 1842-1899. American manufacturer who founded (1869) C.A. Pillsbury and Company, one of the largest flour-milling ...
Pilnyak, Boris
▪ Russian writer pseudonym of  Boris Andreyevich Vogau , Pilnyak also spelled  Pilniak  born Sept. 29 [Oct. 11, New Style], 1894, Mozhaisk, Russia died April 21?, 1938, ...
/puy'leuh kahr"peen, -pin, pil'euh-/, n. Pharm. an oil or crystalline alkaloid, C11H16N2O2, obtained from jaborandi, and used chiefly to produce sweating, promote the flow of ...
/pee lohn"/, n. Southwestern U.S. (chiefly Texas). something extra; lagniappe. [1880-85; Amer.; < MexSp pilón lit., trough, mortar, Sp: deriv. of pila basin, trough < L pila ...
Pilon, Germain
born 1535, Paris, France died Feb. 3, 1590, Paris French sculptor. His decoration of the tomb of Francis I (1558), a relatively early work, shows an Italian influence, but he ...
/puy'leuh nuyd"l/, adj. Pathol. noting or pertaining to a growth of hair in a dermoid cyst or in the deeper layers of the skin. [1875-80; < NL; see PILE3, -O-, NIDUS, -AL1] * * *
/pee"laws/, n. Greek name of Navarino. * * *
—pilosity /puy los"i tee/, n. /puy"lohs/, adj. covered with hair, esp. soft hair; furry. Also, pilous. [1745-55; < L pilosus shaggy. See PILE3, -OSE1] * * *
See pilose. * * *
/puy"leuht/, n. 1. a person duly qualified to steer ships into or out of a harbor or through certain difficult waters. 2. a person who steers a ship. 3. Aeron. a person duly ...
pilot balloon
a balloon for the visual observation of upper-atmosphere wind currents. [1840-50] * * *
pilot biscuit
hardtack. Also called pilot bread. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
pilot boat
a boat carrying pilots to or from large ships. [1580-90] * * *
pilot burner.
See pilot light (def. 1). [1900-05] * * *
pilot chart
1. any of a number of charts issued to mariners by the U.S. Hydrographic Office and showing meteorological, hydrographic, and navigational conditions prevailing, or likely to ...
pilot engine
a locomotive sent on ahead of a railroad train to see that the way is clear and the track safe. [1830-40] * * *
pilot film
Television. pilot (def. 9). [1950-55] * * *
pilot fish
pilot fish n. a narrow, spiny-finned jackfish (Naucrates ductor) with a widely forked tail, often seen swimming near sharks: often written pilotfish [pī′lət fish΄] n. pl. ...
pilot flag
Naut. 1. the flag symbolizing the letter G in the International Code of Signals, flown by itself to request a pilot from a pilot service: a flag of three yellow and three blue ...
pilot ladder
Naut. See Jacob's ladder (def. 2a). * * *
pilot lamp
an electric lamp, used in association with a control, which by means of position or color indicates the functioning of the control; an indicator light or a control light. Also ...
pilot light
1. Also called pilot, pilot burner. a small flame kept burning continuously, as in a gas stove or furnace, to relight the main gas burners whenever necessary or desired. 2. See ...
pilot plant
an experimental industrial plant in which processes or techniques planned for use in full-scale operation are tested in advance. [1935-40] * * *
pilot raise
Mining. a small raise intended to be enlarged later. * * *
pilot signal
Naut. 1. a signal, as a flag or light, used to request a pilot. 2. a signal to indicate that a pilot is on board. * * *
pilot station
Naut. 1. Also called pilotage. an onshore office or headquarters for pilots. 2. an area in which pilot boats cruise. * * *
pilot tape
Television. pilot (def. 9). * * *
pilot waters
Naut. waters in which the services of a pilot are available or required by law. [1780-90] * * *
pilot whale
a small, common whale, Globicephala sieboldii, of tropical and temperate seas, having a bulbous head. [1865-70] * * * Any of one to three species (genus Globicephala, family ...
/puy"leuh tij/, n. 1. act, occupation, or skill of piloting. 2. the fee paid to a pilot for his or her services. 3. See pilot station (def. 1). 4. the process of directing the ...
pilot balloon n. A small balloon used to determine wind velocity. * * *
pilot bread n. Hardtack. * * *
pilot burner n. 1. A small service burner, as in a boiler system, kept lighted to ignite main fires. 2. See pilot light. * * *
pilot cell n. A storage battery cell tested to determine the condition of the entire battery. * * *
pilot engine n. A locomotive sent ahead of a train to check the track for safety and clearance. * * *
/puy"leuht fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pilotfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pilotfishes. 1. a small, marine fish, Naucrates ductor, often swimming ...
/puy"leuht hows'/, n., pl. pilothouses /-how'ziz/. Naut. an enclosed structure on the deck of a ship from which it can be navigated. Also called wheelhouse. [1840-50, Amer.; ...
/pi lot"ee/, n. a column of iron, steel, or reinforced concrete supporting a building above an open ground level. [1945-50; < F pilotis, equiv. to pilot (aug. of pile PILE1) + ...
/puy"leuh ting/, n. the determination of the course or position of a ship or airplane by any of various navigational methods or devices. [1710-20; PILOT + -ING1] * * *
pilot lamp n. A small electric lamp used to indicate that an electric circuit is energized. Also called pilot light. * * *
/puy"leuht lis/, adj. 1. lacking a pilot or needing no pilot: pilotless aircraft. 2. having no pilot light: a pilotless furnace. [1595-1605; PILOT + -LESS] * * *
pilotless aircraft
an aircraft equipped for operation by radio or by robot control, without a human pilot aboard; drone. [1940-45; PILOT + -LESS] * * *
pilotless ignition
a system for igniting a gas burner, as in a gas range, furnace, or boiler, without the use of a pilot light. * * *
pilot light n. 1. A small jet of gas that is kept burning in order to ignite a gas burner, as in a stove. Also called pilot burner. 2. See pilot lamp. * * *
/puy"leuht weed'/, n. the compass plant, Silphium laciniatum. [1840-50, Amer.; PILOT + WEED1] * * *

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