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- (verb): From French palper.
- (noun): From New Latin palpus (“a feeler”).
- Both ultimately from Latin palpō (“to stroke, touch softly, feel”).
- (zoology) Synonym of .
zoology: appendage — see pedipalp
- A fleshy part of a fingertip.
- 1964, K. B. Gilden, Hurry Sundown:
- The palps of her fingers itched, thickened, erected with the need to touch the bent head. Plunge into the dust-moted rough blackness of his hair, smooth back downward over the deep-brown nape of his neck.
- 1984, W. Boyd, Stars & Bars, i.i.11:
- With the palp of a forefinger he squeezed moisture from his wiry blond eyebrows.
- 1998, Renny Christopher, Linda Strom, Lisa Orr, Working Class Studies: 1 & 2, Feminist Press at CUNY, →ISBN, page 165:
- When Mariuchi caresses the plant, for example, sensuously emitting from the palps of her fingers, a siren song.
- 2008, John Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, New Directions Publishing, →ISBN, page 130:
- He tested the blade against the palp of his thumb, then returned to the living room and decisively, scrape by scrape, cut away the hex sign, leaving a halo of ragged wood.
- 2012, Sean Stewart, Star Wars: Dark Rendezvous, Random House, →ISBN:
- The bag seethed in her hand, not unpleasantly, as computational monofilaments shifted and flowed under her touch until they cradled the palps of her fingers.
- (medicine, uncountable, colloquial) Short for .
- pain on palp
fleshy part of fingertip
palpation — see palpation
- To feel, to explore by touch.
- 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance (Avignon Quintet), Faber & Faber, published 2004, page 729:
- It is not possible to examine a male patient without making him undress and actually palping him all over.
to explore by touch
palp (not comparable)
- “palp”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “palp”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “palp”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
palp m (plural palpi)
- Alternative form of