palp

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For verb: From French palper, from Latin palpare, palpari (to stroke, touch softly, feel).

For noun: From New Latin palpus (a feeler), from Latin palpare (to stroke, touch softly, feel).

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palp (plural palps)

  1. (zoology) An appendage found near the mouth in invertebrates; has a variety of functions but is often primarily used for predating.
  2. (very rare, nonce word, used only by James Joyce) A fleshy part of a fingertip or an act of touching.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      He folded his razor neatly and with stroking palps of fingers felt the smooth skin.

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palp (third-person singular simple present palps, present participle palping, simple past and past participle palped)

  1. To feel, to explore by touch.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 729:
      It is not possible to examine a male patient without making him undress and actually palping him all over.

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