(Zoöl.), any small beetle of the genus Byrrhus, having a rounded body, with the head concealed beneath the thorax.Pill bug(Zoöl.), any terrestrial isopod of the genus Armadillo, having the habit of rolling itself into a ball when disturbed. Called also pill wood louse.

(Pil"lage) n. [F., fr. piller to plunder. See Pill to plunder.]

1. The act of pillaging; robbery. Shak.

2. That which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil; booty.

Which pillage they with merry march bring home.

Syn. — Plunder; rapine; spoil; depredation. — Pillage, Plunder. Pillage refers particularly to the act of stripping the sufferers of their goods, while plunder refers to the removal of the things thus taken; but the words are freely interchanged.

(Pil"lage), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pillaged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pillaging ] To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy.

Mummius . . . took, pillaged, and burnt their city.

(Pil"lage), v. i. To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage.

They were suffered to pillage wherever they went.

(Pil"la*ger) n. One who pillages. Pope.

(Pil"lar) n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]

1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament.

Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.
Gen. xxxv. 20.

The place . . . vast and proud,
Supported by a hundred pillars stood.

2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. "You are a well-deserving pillar." Shak.

By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire.

3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church. [Obs.] Skelton.

4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.

From pillar to post, hither and thither; to and fro; from one place or predicament to another; backward and forward. [Colloq.] — Pillar saint. See Stylite.Pillars of the fauces. See Fauces, 1.

(Pil"lar), a. (Mach.) Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.

(Pil"lar-block`) n. See under Pillow.

(Pil"lared) a. Supported or ornamented by pillars; resembling a pillar, or pillars. "The pillared arches." Sir W. Scott. "Pillared flame." Thomson.

Pill beetle

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