One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the nettle family which lacks stinging hairs, native to warm regions and widely grown as an indoor plant.
- ‘The many species of Pilea (Aluminium Plant) grow best in an east window or a medium light intensity.’
- ‘The genus Pilea, a member of the family Urticaceae, contains over 200 species of herbaceous perennials and annuals found in the tropics except Australia.’
- ‘A pilea is a tropical plant grown for its attractive foliage, which comes in several colorful varieties.’
Modern Latin, from Latin pileus ‘felt cap’.
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