peripatus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n peripatus any of numerous velvety-skinned wormlike carnivorous animals common in tropical forests having characteristics of both arthropods and annelid worms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peripatus (Zoöl) A genus of lowly organized arthropods, found in South Africa, Australia, and tropical America. It constitutes the order Malacopoda.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peripatus A genus of myriapods, constituting the family Peripatidæ. It is a synthetic or generalized type, supposed to be the living representative of an ancestral form like that from which all insects are descended. It has been at different times considered a mollusk, a worm, and an insect; it is now known to be a myriapod. It resembles a galley-worm or milleped, having a long extensible cylindrical body capable of coiling up in a spiral like a thousand-legs, and has a gait like a caterpillar, the body being supported upon simple legs (17 to 33 pairs in the different species) ending in claws, placed along nearly the whole length of the body. Atleast 14 species are known. One was first described from the island of Saint Vincent in the West Indies, under the name P. iuliformis, from its resemblance to an iulus or milleped. P. capensis inhabits the Cape of Good Hope, and P. nova-zelandiæ is found in New Zealand; others occur in South America, Australia, etc. They are found among the decaying wood of damp and warm localities, and have the curious habit of throwing out a web of viscid fllaments when handled or otherwise irritated.
    • n peripatus [lowercase] A species of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peripatus pe-rip′ā-tus a genus of myriapods.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a walking about

Usage

In literature:

In Peripatus we have a strange survivor of these primitive Annelid-Tracheates of many million years ago.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Peripatus, Moseley's work on.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Sleep not in the dogmas of the Peripatus, Academy, or Porticus.
"Sir Thomas Browne and his 'Religio Medici' an Appreciation" by Alexander Whyte
In Peripatus they occur in every somite of the body.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
In Peripatus no such adhesion or fusion occurs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
In outward form, at any rate, these suggest an intermediate position between Peripatus and Insects.
"Stories of the Universe: Animal Life" by B. Lindsay
In this respect also Peripatus shews no signs of a primitive condition of the nervous system.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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