pulvillus

pulvillus

[puhl-vil-uhs]
noun, plural pulvilli [puhl-vil-ahy] . Entomology.
a soft, padlike structure located at the base of each claw on the feet of certain insects.

Origin:
1685–95; < Latin, diminutive of pulvīnus cushion

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pulvillus (pʌlˈvɪləs)
 
n , pl -li
a small pad between the claws at the end of an insect's leg
 
[C18: from Latin, from pulvīnulus, diminutive of pulvīnus cushion]

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