- plural of palpus.
- an appendage attached to an oral part and serving as an organ of sense in insects, crustaceans, etc.
Origin of palpus
1805–15; < New Latin, special use of Latin palpus a stroking, caress, palm of the hand; akin to feel
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Examples from the Web for palpi
Maxillary palpi: the first pair of palpi, borne on the maxilla.
Pselaphotheca: that part of the pupa which covers the palpi.
How much the palpi vary in these groups of insects is well known.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
So close was she that I could see her palpi vibrating rapidly and continuously.The Dawn of Reason
The ends of the palpi are large and covered with black hairs.The Common Spiders of the United States
James Henry Emerton