Definition of palpus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpalpəs/
(also palp)

noun (plural palpi /ˈpalpī/ or palps)

Each of a pair of elongated segmented appendages near the mouth of an arthropod, usually concerned with the senses of touch and taste.



Pronunciation: /-pəl/
Example sentences
  • In successful matings, the time of the first palpal insertion and which palp was inserted were noted.
  • Males were allowed only one palpal insertion with each mate as males are functionally sterile after each palp is used once, but sufficient sperm is transferred in a single copulation to fertilize all of the female's eggs.
  • And if you're more interested in how arachnids do it with palpal specializations than molluscan harpoons, I've got an article on how spiders mate.


Early 19th century: Latin, from palpare 'to feel'.

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Syllabification: pal·pus

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