peripatus


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pe·rip·a·tus

 (pə-rĭp′ə-təs)
[New Latin Peripatus, genus name, from Greek peripatos, walking about, from peripatein, to walk about; see peripatetic.]

peripatus

(pəˈrɪpətəs)
n
(Animals) any of a genus of wormlike arthropods having a segmented body and short unjointed limbs: belonging to the phylum Onychophora
[from New Latin, from Greek peripatos a pacing about; see peripatetic]
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Noun1.peripatus - any of numerous velvety-skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid wormsperipatus - any of numerous velvety-skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
class Onychophora, Onychophora - enigmatic small elongated wormlike terrestrial invertebrates of damp dark habitats in warm regions; distinct from the phylum Annelida; resemble slugs with legs and are sometimes described as the missing link between arthropods and annelids
Plicatoperipatus jamaicensis - a kind of onychophoran
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