- 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.
any of a class (Chilopoda) of elongated, many-segmented, insect-eating arthropods with a pair of legs to each segment, the front pair being modified into poison claws
Origin of centipedeFrench ; from Classical Latin centipeda ; from centi-, centi- + -peda ; from pes (gen. pedis), foot
Any of various predatory arthropods of the class Chilopoda, having a long flattened body composed of segments, each bearing a pair of jointed appendages. The appendages of the foremost body segment are modified into venomous claws. Also called chilopod.
Origin of centipedeLatin centipeda : centi-, centi- + pēs, ped-, foot; see –ped.