ae·​ga·​grop·​i·​la | \ ˌē-gə-ˈgrä-pə-lə \

Definition of aegagropila

1 or less commonly aegagropile or egagropile \ ē-​ˈga-​grō-​ˌpīl \ plural aegagropilas or aegagropilae\ ˌē-​gə-​ˈgrä-​pə-​ˌlē \ also aegagropiles or egagropiles : a ball of hair or a concretion found in the stomach of the goat and other ruminants
2 plural aegagropilas or aegagropilae : a ball-shaped mass of hairlike filaments formed by some algae (as certain species of the genus Cladophora)
3 capitalized, in some classifications : a genus of algae comprising all forms forming aegagropilas

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Other Words from aegagropila

aegagropilous \ ¦ē-​gə-​¦grä-​pə-​ləs \ adjective

First Known Use of aegagropila

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aegagropila

New Latin, from Greek aigagros + Latin pila ball, from pilus hair

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“Aegagropila.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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