One of a pair of elongated, often segmented appendages usually found near the mouth in invertebrate organisms such as mollusks, crustaceans, and insects, the functions of which include sensation, locomotion, and feeding. Also called palpus.
Origin of palpFrench palpe, from New Latin palpus, from Latin, a touching; see pal- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present palps, present participle palping, simple past and past participle palped)
- To feel, to explore by touch.