villus

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English[edit]

Abnormal blood cells with villi on the surface
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin villus

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

villus (plural villi)

  1. (biology) A small projection from a membrane, particularly those found in the mucous membranes of the intestines.
  2. (botany) One of the fine soft hairs on fruits, flowers, and other parts of plants.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Dialectal variant of vellus (fleece).

Noun[edit]

villus m (genitive villī); second declension

  1. hair, tuft of hair, shaggy hair
    • 29 BCE – 19 BCE, Virgil, Aeneid I.701–702:
      Dant famulī manibus lymphās, Cereremque canistrīs
      expediunt, tōnsīsque ferunt mantēlia villīs.
      The servants give the hands waters, and corn from wicker baskets
      they deal, and bring towels of smooth hair.

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative villus villī
Genitive villī villōrum
Dative villō villīs
Accusative villum villōs
Ablative villō villīs
Vocative ville villī

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: villus
  • Italian: villo, vello
  • Spanish: vello

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