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[pal-puh s] /ˈpæl pəs/
noun, plural palpi
[pal-pahy] /ˈpæl paɪ/ (Show IPA)
an appendage attached to an oral part and serving as an organ of sense in insects, crustaceans, etc.
Origin of palpus
1805-15; < New Latin, special use of Latin palpus a stroking, caress, palm of the hand; akin to feel Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for palpus


noun (pl) palps, palpi (ˈpælpaɪ)
either of a pair of sensory appendages that arise from the mouthparts of crustaceans and insects
either of a pair of tactile organs arising from the head or anterior end of certain annelids and molluscs
Derived Forms
palpal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin palpus a touching
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