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onychophoran

[on-i-kof-er-uh n] /ˌɒn ɪˈkɒf ər ən/
noun
1.
any small, predatory, caterpillarlike animal of the phylum Onychophora, common in tropical forests, having stubby legs ending in pincers.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Neo-Latin Onychophor(a) phylum name (< Greek onycho-, combining form of ónyx; see onyx) + Neo-Latin -phora, neuter plural of -phorus -phore + -an
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onychophoran

/ˌɒnɪˈkɒfərən/
noun
1.
any wormlike terrestrial invertebrate of the phylum Onychophora, having a segmented body, short unjointed limbs, and breathing by means of tracheae: intermediate in structure and evolutionary development between annelids and arthropods
Word Origin
from New Latin Onychophora, from Greek onukh- nail, claw + -phore
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