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

  • adj. Having the form of villi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having villi.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the form or appearance of villi; like close-set fibers, either hard or soft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Villous in form; like villi in appearance or to the touch; resembling the plush or pile of velvet; having the character of a set of villi.


Latin villus ("hair") + -form (Wiktionary)


  • Other characteristics associated with the family Aspredidinae include the fact that these catfish have six barbels, a short dorsal fin, terminal or sub terminal mouths, and villiform teeth which are arranged in bands on the jaws with no teeth being present on the vomer.

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