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- n. A Roman military javelin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heavy javelin used by the Roman foot-soldiers.
- n. Any javelin used by barbarous races with whom the Romans had to do, as by the Franks, Burgundians, and others.
- n. In pharmacy, an instrument used to triturate substances in a mortar; a pestle.
Latin pilum (Wiktionary)