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Villi: soft hairs or papillate processes: plural of villus, q.v.
Collectively, these structures are called the villi (singular villus).
A CIVIC BIOLOGYGEORGE WILLIAM HUNTER
Villus: a short, hair-like or papillate process on the surface of certain absorbent and sensory organs.

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