any of a genus of wormlike arthropods having a segmented body and short unjointed limbs: belonging to the phylum Onychophora
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How to use peripatus in a sentence
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.
A similar groove is found in peripatus, and there forms, as I have found, a large part of the supra-œsophageal ganglia.
In outward form, at any rate, these suggest an intermediate position between peripatus and Insects.Stories of the Universe: Animal Life | B. Lindsay
peripatus, where also the excretory organs, which are true segmental organs, are partly somatic and partly appendicular.The Origin of Vertebrates | Walter Holbrook Gaskell