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palpus

Syllabification: pal·pus
Pronunciation: /ˈpalpəs
 
/
(also palp)

Definition of palpus in English:

noun (plural palpi /ˈpalpī/ or palps)

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

Origin

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

Derivatives

palpal

1
adjective
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.

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