- (dialect) dust
1876, Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature, and Art, Report and transactions, volume 8, page 722:
- What is the derivation of pilm = dust, so frequently heard in Devon, and its derivatives pilmy, dusty : it pilmeth. [...] Pillom is the full word, of which pilm is a contraction. It appears to have been derived from the British word pylor, dust.
1885, Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature, and Art, Report and transactions, volume 17, page 55:
- I may quote the famous definition once given in court to enlighten the Bench and the Bar as to the nature of pilm : " Mucks a-drowed and zo vleeth," that is, " mud dried, and so it flies about "—not a bad definition of pilm, which everybody here knows means dust.