One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small pill.
pill, capsule, lozenge, caplet, pastille, pellet, drop, ballView synonyms
- ‘They are normally taken in the form of pillules, but are also available as a powder, granules, tinctures, creams or ointments.’
- ‘Store the remedy correctly (in dark conditions away from other substances) and try to avoid handling the pillules (small tablets with a lactose or sucrose base).’
- ‘Sometimes the good work of this 1 pillule can act for years.’
Late Middle English: from French, from Latin pilula ‘small ball’, diminutive of pila.
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