Definition of onychophoran in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌäniˈkäfərən/


A terrestrial invertebrate of the small phylum Onychophora; a velvet worm.
Example sentences
  • A number of fossils from the Cambrian have been described which look more or less like onychophorans.
  • All of these Cambrian forms differed from living onychophorans in being marine.
  • Whilst true arthropods, tardigrades and onychophorans are highly differentiated in form today, such was not always the case.


Relating to or denoting onychophorans.
Example sentences
  • In that time, the first undoubted fossil annelids, arthropods, brachiopods, echinoderms, molluscs, onychophorans, poriferans, and priapulids show up in rocks all over the world.
  • Other organisms placed in the Ecdysozoa include kinorhynchs, priapulids, nematomorphs, onychophorans and tardigrades.
  • Furthermore, the absence of engrailed expression in the onychophoran ectoderm makes more sense in the context of a skeleton bounding function rather than a general segmentation program.

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Syllabification: on·y·choph·o·ran

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