centipede

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A centipede
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Etymology[edit]

From French centipède, from Latin centi- (hundred) + pedis (foot).

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Noun[edit]

centipede (plural centipedes)

  1. Any arthropod of class Chilopoda, which have a segmented body with one pair of legs per segment and from about 20 to 300 legs in total.
    • 1993, Gordon M. Nishida, JoAnn M. Tenorio, What Bit Me?: Identifying Hawai'i's Stinging and Biting Insects and Their Kin, page 29,
      Centipedes differ from millipedes by having a single pair of legs on each body segment.
    • 2008, Thom Holmes, March Onto Land: The Silurian Period to the Middle Triassic Epoch, page 58,
      The existence of millipedes, centipedes, insects, and spiders along-side the first tetrapods sustained a robust ecosystem in which most animals were predators or scavengers.
    • 2011, Alan Gunn, Essential Forensic Biology, 2nd Edition, unnumbered page,
      All centipedes (Chilopoda) and spiders (Aranea) are predatory and although they are often found on corpses their impact on the other fauna is not known.


Synonyms[edit]

  • (any species of class Chilopoda): chilopod

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

centipede

  1. ablative singular of centipēs