The definition of a centipede is an arthropod (a bug) that has a long flat body with many different segments and many legs.(noun)
A worm-like bug with many segments and legs is an example of a centipede.
See centipede in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < L centipeda < centi-, centi- + -peda < pes (gen. pedis), foot
See centipede in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin centipeda
Origin: : centi-, centi-
Origin: + pēs, ped-, foot; see -ped.
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