onychophoran

onychophoran

[on-i-kof-er-uhn]
noun
any small, predatory, caterpillarlike animal of the phylum Onychophora, common in tropical forests, having stubby legs ending in pincers.

Origin:
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)
 
n
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
 
[from New Latin Onychophora, from Greek onukh- nail, claw + -phore]

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