One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of a pair of elongated segmented appendages near the mouth of an arthropod, usually concerned with the senses of touch and taste.
antenna, tentacle, hornView synonyms
- ‘For the labial palpus and maxillary palpus we found, in general, a lower level in the amphigonic females.’
- ‘The courtship behavior of these males begins with circular rotations of the palpi (modified appendages beside the face).’
- ‘The apex of the maxillary palpus expands ventrally into a flexible pad.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin palpus, from palpare ‘to feel’.
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