Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small pill or pellet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little pill or pellet.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Old French pillule, from Latin pilula; see pill1.

Examples

  • It is a small homeopathic pilule, with no serious after effects.

    The Wisdom of Life

  • Then, significantly, and with a touch of impatience, "Allez," she added, "et dites bien à votre bonhomme — entendez-vous? — qu'il faut avaler la pilule."

    Nostromo: a Tale of the Seaboard

  • The pilule has to be matured, given a proper consistency.

    Social Life in the Insect World

  • The body is dumpy, tapering to an acorn-shaped posterior; the legs are very long, resembling those of the spider when outspread; the hinder legs are disproportionately long and curved, being thus excellently adapted to enlace and press the little pilule of dung.

    Social Life in the Insect World

  • The pilule in that vial is the little spark, the oceans are the prairies, and the oxygen the fuel upon which the fire is to feed until the globe perishes in inextinguishable flames.

    The Case of Summerfield

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