Definition of aegagropila
1 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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Origin and Etymology of aegagropila
New Latin, from Greek aigagros + Latin pila ball, from pilus hair
First Known Use: 1699See Words from the same year
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