Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous wormlike carnivorous animals of the phylum Onychophora, common in tropical and temperate forest regions and having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms. Also called peripatus, velvet worm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many wormlike carnivorous animals of the phylum Onychophora

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any of numerous velvety-skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms; a member of the Onychophora, also called Malacopoda. See malacopoda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Onychophora.
  • n. A member of the Onychophora.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous velvety-skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms

Etymologies

From New Latin Onychophora, phylum name : Greek onux, onukh-, nail, claw; see onyx + Greek -phora, neuter pl. of -phoros, -phore.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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