pulvillus

[puhl-vil-uh s]
noun, plural pul·vil·li [puhl-vil-ahy] /pʌlˈvɪl aɪ/. Entomology.
  1. a soft, padlike structure located at the base of each claw on the feet of certain insects.

Origin of pulvillus

1685–95; < Latin, diminutive of pulvīnus cushion
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pulvillus

noun plural -li (-laɪ)
  1. a small pad between the claws at the end of an insect's leg

Word Origin for pulvillus

C18: from Latin, from pulvīnulus, diminutive of pulvīnus cushion
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