- any of a genus of wormlike arthropods having a segmented body and short unjointed limbs: belonging to the phylum Onychophora
from New Latin, from Greek peripatos a pacing about; see peripatetic
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Examples from the Web for peripatus
Sleep not in the dogmas of the Peripatus, Academy, or Porticus.Sir Thomas Browne and his 'Religio Medici'
In Peripatus we have a strange survivor of these primitive Annelid-Tracheates of many million years ago.The Story of Evolution
Segmental organ from the 5th pair of legs of Peripatus capensis.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume IV (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
In this respect also Peripatus shews no signs of a primitive condition of the nervous system.
The chief feature in which Peripatus was supposed to differ from normal Arthropoda and Annelida, viz.