Definition of pilea in US English:

pilea

noun

  • A plant of the nettle family which lacks stinging hairs, native to warm regions and widely grown as an indoor plant.

    Genus Pilea, family Urticaceae

    • ‘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.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Latin pileus ‘felt cap’.

Pronunciation

pilea

/ˈpaɪliə//ˈpīlēə/