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 . Also called velvet worm .
Origin of onychophoranFrom New Latin Onychophora phylum name Greek onux onukh- nail, claw ; see onyx . Greek -phora neuter pl. of -phoros -phore