Definition of tactor in English:

Share this entry

tactor

Pronunciation: /ˈtaktə/

noun

Zoology
An organ such as an antenna that is used for testing things by touch.
Example sentences
  • After reaching the maximum point in its excursion, the tactor withdrew from contact.
  • The insects carry the antennae directed forwards, and sometimes use them as tactors.
  • Tactors are capable of a much more varied perception than we should on the first thought be inclined to suppose.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin, from tangere 'to touch'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: tac¦tor

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.