[ on-i-kof-er-uhn ]
/ ˌɒn ɪˈkɒf ər ən /
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any small, predatory, caterpillarlike animal of the phylum Onychophora, common in tropical forests, having stubby legs ending in pincers.
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British Dictionary definitions for onychophoran
/ (ˌɒnɪˈkɒfərən) /
any wormlike terrestrial invertebrate of the phylum Onychophora, having a segmented body, short unjointed limbs, and breathing by means of tracheae: intermediate in structure and evolutionary development between annelids and arthropods
Word Origin for onychophoran
from New Latin Onychophora, from Greek onukh- nail, claw + -phore
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