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The peel or skin. Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills, as the locusts.

Origin: Cf. Peel skin, or Pillion.

1. To deprive of hair; to make bald.

2. To peel; to make by removing the skin. [Jacob] pilled white streaks . . . In the rods. (gen. Xxx. 37)

Origin: Cf. L. Pilare to deprive of hair, and E. Pill, n. (above).

1. A medicine in the form of a little ball, or small round mass, to be swallowed whole.

2. Figuratively, something offensive or nauseous which must be accepted or endured.

(Science: zoology) Pill beetle, any terrestrial isopod of the genus armadillo, having the habit of rolling itself into a ball when disturbed.

Synonym: pill wood louse.

Origin: F. Pilute, L. Pilula a pill, little ball, dim. Of L. Pila a ball. Cf. Piles.

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Sue has heard that taking an over-the-counter ‘energy’ pill, which contains as much caffeine as a strong cup of coffee, makes people feel alert and ‘speedy’. She wonders if taking this pill will make a difference to the reaction times of people doing ...

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Formulas used to calculate species abundance and diversity?

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Topic: Formulas used to calculate species abundance and diversity?
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Re: discussion topics for genes and fidelity?

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by aptitude
Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:36 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Help for discussion topics for class debate?
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Help for discussion topics for class debate?

... is genes and fidelity. I don't know if this will help, but this was the article: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/a-commitment-pill/ I am honestly clueless/stuck on coming up with topics and i really want to have some solid ones since the past groups haven't had the greatest ...

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Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:53 am
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