[ palp ]
/ pælp /


a palpus.

Nearby words

  1. palos heights,
  2. palos hills,
  3. palos verdes estates,
  4. palouse,
  5. paloverde,
  6. palpable,
  7. palpal,
  8. palpate,
  9. palpation,
  10. palpatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palp


palpus (ˈpælpəs)

/ (pælp) /

noun plural palps or 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
Derived Formspalpal, adjective

Word Origin for palp

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for palp


[ pălp ]

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