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Any of various small wormlike carnivorous animals of the phylum Onychophora, chiefly of moist forests, having a soft cuticle of chitin and pairs of short claw-bearing legs. Also called peripatus, velvet worm.
[From New Latin Onychophora, phylum name : Greek onux, onukh-, nail, claw; see onyx + Greek -phora, neuter pl. of -phoros, -phore.]
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(Animals) any wormlike terrestrial invertebrate of the phylum Onychophora, having a segmented body, short unjointed limbs, and breathing by means of tracheae: intermediate in structure and evolutionary development between annelids and arthropods
[from New Latin Onychophora, from Greek onukh- nail, claw + -phore]
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|Noun||1.||onychophoran - 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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