Meaning of pilose in English:


(also pilous)

Pronunciation /ˈpʌɪləʊz/


Botany Zoology
  • Covered with long soft hairs.

    ‘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.’
    hairy, shaggy, bushy, hair-covered, long-haired, woolly, furry, fleecy, fuzzy


Mid 18th century from Latin pilosus, from pilus ‘hair’.