pila

Definition of pila

 (Entry 1 of 3)

plural of pilum

pila

noun (1)
pi·​la | \ ˈpēlə\
plural -s

Definition of pila (Entry 2 of 3)

: a communal fountain

Pila

noun
Pi·​la | \ ˈpīlə\

Definition of Pila (Entry 3 of 3)

: the type genus of the family Pilidae comprising apple snails with dextral shells

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History and Etymology for pila

Noun (1)

American Spanish, from Spanish, basin, font, from Latin, pillar

Noun

New Latin, from Latin pila ball (hair)

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