- (anatomy) a depression or fissure where vessels or nerves or ducts enter a bodily organ; "the hilus of the kidney"
- The scar on certain seeds marking its point of attachment to the funicle
- The nucleus of a starch grain
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Definition for: HAIL
- (a.) Healthy. See Hale (the preferable spelling).
- (n.) Small roundish masses of ice precipitated from the clouds, where they are formed by the congelation of vapor. The separate masses or grains are called hailstones.
- (n.) A wish of health; a salutation; a loud call.
- (v. i.) To pour down particles of ice, or frozen vapors.
- (v. i.) To declare, by hailing, the port from which a vessel sails or where she is registered; hence, to sail; to come; -- used with from; as, the steamer hails from New York.
- (v. i.) To report as one's home or the place from whence one comes; to come; -- with from.
- (v. t.) To pour forcibly down, as hail.
- (v. t.) To call loudly to, or after; to accost; to salute; to address.
- (v. t.) To name; to designate; to call.
- (v. t.) An exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting.