velvet worm

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velvet worm

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Noun1.velvet worm - any of numerous velvety-skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid wormsvelvet worm - 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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