onychophoran
noun Etymology: New Latin Onychophora, group name, from Greek onych-, onyx claw + -phoros -phore Date: circa 1890 peripatusonychophoran adjective

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  • onychophoran — n. Any of numerous velvety skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms; a member of the Onychophora, also called Malacopoda. See {Malacopoda}. Syn: velvet worm,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • onychophoran — /on i kof euhr euhn/, n. any small, predatory, caterpillarlike animal of the phylum Onychophora, common in tropical forests, having stubby legs ending in pincers. [1885 90; < NL Onychophor(a) phylum name ( < Gk onycho , comb. form of ónyx; see… …   Universalium

  • onychophoran — noun Any of many wormlike carnivorous animals of the phylum Onychophora …   Wiktionary

  • onychophoran — [ˌɒnɪ kɒf(ə)r(ə)n] noun Zoology a terrestrial invertebrate of the small phylum Onychophora, which comprises the velvet worms. Origin from mod. L. Onychophora, from Gk onux, onukh nail, claw + phoros bearing …   English new terms dictionary

  • onychophoran — on·y·choph·oran …   English syllables

  • onychophoran — /ɒniˈkɒfərən/ (say onee kofuhruhn) noun 1. any of the caterpillar like animals of the genus Peripatus, subphylum Onychophora, having both arthropod and annelid characteristics. –adjective 2. of or relating to such an animal. {New Latin… …   Australian English dictionary

  • onychophoran — noun any of numerous velvety skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms • Syn: ↑velvet worm, ↑peripatus • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod • Hyponyms: ↑Plicatoperipatus… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Onychophora — Temporal range: 40–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • Stummelfüßer — in der Region Bay of Plenty im Norden der neuseeländischen Nordinsel Systematik Unterreich: Vielzellige Tiere (Metazoa) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Arthropod head problem — The arthropod head problem is a long standing zoological dispute concerning the segmental composition of the heads of the various arthropod groups, and how they are evolutionarily related to each other. While the dispute has historically centered …   Wikipedia

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