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

Definition of aegagropila

  1. 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. 2 plural aegagropilas or aegagropilae :  a ball-shaped mass of hairlike filaments formed by some algae (as certain species of the genus Cladophora)

  3. 3 capitalized, in some classifications :  a genus of algae comprising all forms forming aegagropilas


\¦ē-gə-¦grä-pə-ləs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of aegagropila

New Latin, from Greek aigagros + Latin pila ball, from pilus hair — more at pile

First Known Use: 1699

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