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palpus

palpus

noun pal·pus \ˈpal-pəs\
plural pal·pi \-ˌpī, -(ˌ)pē\

Definition of PALPUS

:  a segmented usually tactile or gustatory process on an arthropod mouthpart — see insect illustration

Origin of PALPUS

New Latin, from Latin, caress, soft palm of the hand, from palpare
First Known Use: 1813

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