What are villi?

What are villi? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (biology) plural of villus
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Injections made retrograde from the thoracic duct, pass through the villi into the intestines.
The villi in celiac patients have collapsed and fail to absorb nutrients.
All details of her woodcarvings, even the villi, or small hairs on the stem of each plant, are done by hand with a knife.
These differ from the chorioallantoic placentae of placentals, however, in that they have no villi, which effectively reduces the intimacy of contact between fetus and mother.
These septa, which belong to the serotina, lie between the arborescent villi of the chorion.
Unlike the hydatidiform moles, choriocarcinomas and placental-site trophoblastic tumors lack chorionic villi.

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