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[pin-ee-uh l, pahy-nee-, pahy-nee-] /ˈpɪn i əl, ˈpaɪ ni-, paɪˈni-/

resembling a pine cone in shape.
of or relating to the .
/ˈpɪnɪəl; paɪˈniːəl/
resembling a pine cone
of or relating to the pineal gland

1680s, in reference to the gland in the brain, from French pinéal, literally “like a pine cone,” from Latin pinea “pine cone,” from pinus “pine tree” (see pine (n.)).

pineal pin·e·al (pĭn’ē-əl, pī’nē-)


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