One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In form Pilosella. A genus of the family Asteraceae (Compositae) (or, with many authorities, a subgenus of the genus Hieracium) comprising the stoloniferous hawkweeds (including mouse-ear hawkweed).
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman and Middle French piloselle and its etymon post-classical Latin pilosella from classical Latin pilōsus hairy + -ella.
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