noun pil·gar·lic \pil-ˈgär-lik\

Definition of pilgarlic

  1. 1a :  a bald headb :  a bald-headed man

  2. 2 :  a man looked upon with humorous contempt or mock pity

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Did You Know?

The Latin word for "hair" - "pilus" - has given us a number of words: "depilation" ("the removal of hair by chemical or mechanical means"), "pilose" ("covered with soft hair"), and "pelage" ("the hairy covering of a mammal"). "Pilgarlic" also has ties to "pilus," although the person who first used the word in the 16th century was probably thinking about cloves, not Latin roots. Pilgarlic comes from the supposed resemblance between a bald head and peeled garlic - "pilled garlic," in British dialect. The verb "pill" comes in part from the Old English "pilian" ("to peel"), which is thought to trace back to "pilus."

Origin and Etymology of pilgarlic

pilled garlic

First Known Use: circa 1529

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a brief usually trivial fact

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