peripatus


pe·rip·a·tus

noun \pə-ˈri-pə-təs\

Definition of PERIPATUS

:  any of a class or phylum (Onychophora) of primitive tropical wormlike invertebrates that appear intermediate between annelid worms and arthropods

Origin of PERIPATUS

New Latin, genus name, from Greek peripatos act of walking about, from peri- + patein to tread
First Known Use: circa 1931

Rhymes with PERIPATUS

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: peripeteia
Previous Word in the Dictionary: peripatopsis
All Words Near: peripatus

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up peripatus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).