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[palp] /pælp/
a palpus. Unabridged
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noun (pl) palps, palpi (ˈpælpaɪ)
either of a pair of sensory appendages that arise from the mouthparts of crustaceans and insects
either of a pair of tactile organs arising from the head or anterior end of certain annelids and molluscs
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palpal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin palpus a touching
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Word Origin and History for palp

"feeler," 1842, from French palpe, from Latin palpus "feeler," related to palpare "to touch, feel" (see feel (v.)).

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palp in Science
A segmented organ extending from the mouthparts of arthropods, used for touch or taste. Also called palpus.
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