Pill beetle
Pill Pill, n. [F. pilute, L. pilula a pill, little ball, dim. of L. pila a ball. Cf. {Piles}.] 1. A medicine in the form of a little ball, or small round mass, to be swallowed whole. [1913 Webster]

2. Figuratively, something offensive or nauseous which must be accepted or endured. --Udall. [1913 Webster]

{Pill beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any small beetle of the genus {Byrrhus}, having a rounded body, with the head concealed beneath the thorax.

{Pill bug} (Zo["o]l.), any terrestrial isopod of the genus {Armadillo}, having the habit of rolling itself into a ball when disturbed. Called also {pill wood louse}. [1913 Webster]


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