palpus

noun
pal·​pus | \ ˈpal-pəs How to pronounce palpus (audio) \
plural palpi\ ˈpal-​ˌpī How to pronounce palpi (audio) , -​(ˌ)pē \

Definition of palpus

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

First Known Use of palpus

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palpus

New Latin, from Latin, caress, soft palm of the hand, from palpare

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Dictionary Entries near palpus

palpognath

palpon

palpulus

palpus

palsgrave

palsgravine

palsied

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