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palpus

play
noun, pal·pus \ˈpal-pəs\

Definition of palpus

plural palpi play \-ˌpī, -(ˌ)pē\

  1. :  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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