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[pen-uh-sil] /ˈpɛn ə sɪl/

a small, brushlike tuft of hairs, as on a caterpillar.


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  • Penicillate

    [pen-uh-sil-it, -eyt] /ˌpɛn əˈsɪl ɪt, -eɪt/ adjective 1. having a penicil or penicils. /ˌpɛnɪˈsɪlɪt; -eɪt/ adjective 1. (biology) having or resembling one or more tufts of fine hairs: a penicillate caterpillar

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    [peen-l-ahyz, pen-] /ˈpin lˌaɪz, ˈpɛn-/ verb (used with object), penalized, penalizing. 1. to subject to a penalty, as a person. 2. to declare (an action, deed, etc.) punishable by law or rule. 3. to put under a disadvantage or handicap. /ˈpiːnəˌlaɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. to impose a penalty on (someone), as for breaking a law […]

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