pilo-, pil-, pili- +

(Latin: hair)

Don't confuse the words in this pilo-, pil- group with the pil- or "plunder, heap up" unit.

capillaceous (adjective), more capillaceous, most capillaceous
1. Resembling a hair: There were a few capillaceous fibers on Jack's shirt which his wife removed before they went out to dine.
2. Regarding something that has many filaments that resemble a hair or thread: The fake für collar on Barbara's jacket was quite capillaceous and so very soft and smooth!
capillary, capillarity
1. An extremely narrow thin-walled blood vessel that connects small arteries (arterioles) with small veins (venules) to form a network throughout the body.
2. Involving or relating to capillary action.
3. Resembling hair; as fine and slender as a hair.
caterpillar (s) (noun), caterpillars (pl)
1. The larva or a worm with a long soft body, many short legs, and that often has brightly colored or spiny skin: The caterpillar develops and changes into a butterfly or a moth.
2. Etymology: from Latin catta pilosa, "hairy cat".

Literally, "a hairy she-cat", the word being derived from Old (North) French catte (French chatte, "she-cat") and pelue, "hairy".

To remove hair from the body, usually from the legs or underarms.
depilatory (adjective), more depilatory, most depilatory
1. Having the property of removing hair.
2. A depilatory agent or substance; a preparation to remove (growing) hair.
Deprived or void of hair.

It is present in varying numbers in different parts of the body surface but it is absent in others; such as, the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, glans penis, inner surfaces of clitoris, and labia minora. It also varies in length, thickness, color, shape, and waviness in different parts of the body and in different individuals.

A hair ball found in the stomach and intestine.
epilate, expilate
To pull out or eradicate (hair).
epilation, expilation
1. The loss or intentional removal of hair.
2. To pull out or to eradicate hair.
floccinaucinihilipilification (flok" suh naw" suh nigh" hil uh pil" uh fi KAY shuhn)
Something that is totally and absolutely valueless or worthless.

It is a combination of: flocci, a "tuft of wool"; plus nauci from naucum, "a trifling thing, worthless" plus nihili from Latin nihil, "nothing" plus pili, the plural of pilus, a "hair" or "trifle"; plus the suffix -fication, to make the combination a noun.

Listed in the well-known Eton Latin Grammar of Eton College in the UK.

The Oxford English Dictionary shows the first use of the word by William Shetstone in 1777: "I loved him for nothing so much as his flocci-nauci-nihili-pili-fication of money."

horripilate (verb), horripilates; horripilated; horripilating
Erection of the hairs on the skin by contraction of the cutaneous muscles (caused by cold, fear or other emotion, or nervous affection), producing the condition known as "gooseflesh", "goose bumps", and "creeping of the flesh": Erika horripilates when she sees all the violence in movies and on TV.
1. The hair, wool, or especially fur, with which an animal is covered.
2. Collectively the hair of the entire body.
The fading of hair.
A reference to hair.
1. Of or relating to hair or a hair; hairy.
2. Covered with hairs; especially, fine soft ones.