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The peel or skin. Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills, as the locusts.
Origin: Cf. Peel skin, or Pillion.
1. To deprive of hair; to make bald.
2. To peel; to make by removing the skin. Jacob pilled white streaks . . . In the rods. (gen. Xxx. 37)
Origin: Cf. L. Pilare to deprive of hair, and E. Pill, n. (above).
1. A medicine in the form of a little ball, or small round mass, to be swallowed whole.
2. Figuratively, something offensive or nauseous which must be accepted or endured.
(Science: zoology) Pill beetle, any terrestrial isopod of the genus armadillo, having the habit of rolling itself into a ball when disturbed.
Synonym: pill wood louse.
Origin: F. Pilute, L. Pilula a pill, little ball, dim. Of L. Pila a ball. Cf. Piles.

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