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

  • n. An elongated, often segmented appendage usually found near the mouth in invertebrate organisms such as mollusks, crustaceans, and insects, the functions of which include sensation, locomotion, and feeding. Also called palpus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an appendage found near the mouth in invertebrates
  • n. The fleshy part of a fingertip
  • v. To feel, to explore by touch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as palpus.
  • transitive v. To have a distinct touch or feeling of; to feel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To feel; have a feeling of.
  • n. A tactile organ; a feeler. See palpus.


French palpe, from New Latin palpus, from Latin, a touching.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
For verb: From French palper, from Latin palpare, palpari ("to stroke, touch softly, feel"). (Wiktionary)



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