Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.

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  • noun palp

Etymologies

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

[Latin, a toweling, the soft palm of the hand; see palp.]

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