[Latin strāmen, straw strewn as bedding; see ster-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + pilus, hair (in reference to the strawlike hairs found on one of the paired flagella of the swimming cells of heterokonts).]
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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