- The definition of a centipede is an arthropod (a bug) that has a long flat body with many different segments and many legs.
A worm-like bug with many segments and legs is an example of a centipede.
A centipede on a leaf.
centipede definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin centipeda ; from centi-, centi- plush -peda ; from pes (gen. pedis), foot
centipede definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Latin centipeda : centi-, centi- + pēs, ped-, foot; see -ped.
centipede - Science Definition