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Feeler

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Feeler

1. One who, or that which, feels.

2. (Science: entomology, zoology) One of the sense organs or certain animals (as insects), which are used in testing objects by touch and in searching for food; an antenna; a palp. Insects . . . Perpetually feeling and searching before them with their feelers or antennae. (Derham)

3. Anything, as a proposal, observation, etc, put forth or thrown out in order to ascertain the views of others; something tentative. Sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ; he had a special antenna for public relations.One of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. Insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste.