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  1. a palpus.
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Related Words for palp

antenna, hand, tentacle, finger, claw, whisker, barbel, vibrissa, palp, palpus

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Historical Examples of palp

  • A second ramus, the “exopodite,” often is also retained in the form of a palp or feeler.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6


  • This form is retained, with little alteration in some adult Copepoda, where the biramous “palp” still aids in locomotion.

  • A palp sprouts on the mandible and the median eye disappears.

  • Projecting from each side of the head of a butterfly is a fluffy structure, the palp.

    A Civic Biology

    George William Hunter

  • The third one was alive, as was shown by a rhythmic movement of the palp on the right side.


    George W. Peckham

British Dictionary definitions for palp


palpus (ˈpælpəs)

noun plural palps or palpi (ˈpælpaɪ)
  1. either of a pair of sensory appendages that arise from the mouthparts of crustaceans and insects
  2. either of a pair of tactile organs arising from the head or anterior end of certain annelids and molluscs
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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.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

palp in Science


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