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[pal-puh s]
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noun, plural pal·pi [pal-pahy] /ˈpæl paɪ/.
  1. an appendage attached to an oral part and serving as an organ of sense in insects, crustaceans, etc.
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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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Related Words for palpus

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

Examples from the Web for palpus

Historical Examples of palpus

  • The mouth-parts in this genus are much as in Tomocerus, the maxillæ ending in a lacinia and palpus.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • Each maxilla bears a slender feeler or palpus composed of five segments.

  • When you touch him, he draws up slowly one leg after another, or moves a palpus feebly.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry

  • In x-notata (fig. 435) the palpus is as long as the cephalothorax, and the tarsus and palpal organ small and round.

  • In montana (fig. 435a) the palpus is still shorter, the tibia thicker, and the tarsus and palpal organ larger.