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pulvillus

[puhl-vil-uh s] /pʌlˈvɪl əs/
noun, plural pulvilli
[puhl-vil-ahy] /pʌlˈvɪl aɪ/ (Show IPA).
Entomology
1.
a soft, padlike structure located at the base of each claw on the feet of certain insects.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin, diminutive of pulvīnus cushion
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pulvillus

/pʌlˈvɪləs/
noun (pl) -li (-laɪ)
1.
a small pad between the claws at the end of an insect's leg
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from pulvīnulus, diminutive of pulvīnus cushion
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