Onychophora

plural noun On·y·choph·o·ra \ ˌänəˈkäfərə \

Definition of Onychophora

:a class of Arthropoda or an independent phylum comprising small elongated velvety-skinned terrestrial invertebrate animals of damp dark habitats in warm regions that are in some respects intermediate between annelid worms and typical arthropods, that have an unsegmented vermiform body, numerous pairs of short unsegmented legs with terminal bifid claws, and a head bearing a pair of segmented antennae, a pair of oral papillae on which slime glands open, a pair of simple eyes, and a pair of jaws resembling blades, that possess a hemocoel as a body cavity, and that breathe by means of tracheae and excrete by means of nephridia

onychophoran

adjective or noun

onychophore

\ōˈnikəˌfō(ə)r, ˈänə̇kōˌ-\ noun, plural -s

onychophorous

\¦änə¦käfərəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of onychophora

New Latin, from onych- + -phora


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