Share this entry

Share this page

peripatus

Line breaks: per|ip¦atus
Pronunciation: /pəˈrɪpətəs
 
/

Definition of peripatus in English:

noun (plural peripatuses)

Zoology
A tropical terrestrial invertebrate with a soft worm-like body and stumpy legs. See Onychophora.
  • Genus Peripatus, phylum Onychophora

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek peripatos 'that walks about'.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…