Later used in anatomy (the depression or opening where ducts, vessels, etc enter an organ) and in biology (a scar on a seed or spore created by detachment).
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Pronunciation of HILUM
from Latin hīlum little thing, trifle;
according to Festus, thought to have originally meant ‘that which adheres to a bean'
From: The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology,
Normal and Pathological, Human and Comparative.
Conducted By Sir William Turner, D.J. Cunningham, G.S. Huntington,
A. Macalister, and J.G. M'Kendrick
Volume XXXVII, New Series - Volume XVII, 1903
IX Archaeologia Anatomica, Hilum