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pĭlus , i, m.,
I.a hair (syn.: villus, seta).
II. Transf.
A. Collect., hair, the hair: “fruticante pilo neglecta et squalida crura,Juv. 9, 15.—
B. As a designation of insignificance, a hair, a trifle; usually joined with a negative, not a hair, not a bit, not a whit (class.): “ego ne pilo quidem minus me amabo,Cic. Q. Fr. 2, 16, 5: “interea e Cappadociā ne pilum quidem,id. Att. 5, 20, 6: “ne ullum pilum viri boni habere dicatur,has not a hair of a good man about him, id. Rosc. Com. 7, 20: “non facit pili cohortem,does not value it a straw, Cat. 10, 13; cf.: “nec pili facit uni,cares not a pin about it, id. 17, 16.—In plur., a garment or fabric made of hair: “vestitus pilis cameli,Vulg. Marc. 1, 6.
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    • Cicero, Letters to Atticus, 5.20.6
    • New Testament, Mark, 1.6
    • Cicero, For Quintus Roscius the Actor, 7.20
    • Cicero, de Natura Deorum, 2.57
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