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

  • n. See palp.

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  • n. palp

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A feeler; especially, one of the jointed sense organs attached to the mouth organs of insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and annelids. The palpi of male spiders serve as sexual organs. Called also palp. See Illust. of arthrogastra and orthoptera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology: One of the jointed organs attached to the labium and maxill├Ž of insects; a feeler.
  • n. One of the fleshy lobes at the sides of the mouth of acephalous mollusks. More fully called labial palpus. See second cut under Lamellibranchiata.

Etymologies

Latin, a toweling, the soft palm of the hand; see palp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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