any of a class (Diplopoda) of many-legged arthropods with an elongated body having two pairs of walking legs on each segment
Origin of millipedefrom Classical Latin millepeda from mille, thousand + pes (gen. pedis), foot
Any of various arthropods of the class Diplopoda, having a cylindrical segmented body with two pairs of legs attached to each segment except for the first four thoracic segments, and feeding chiefly on decaying organic matter. Also called diplopod .
Origin of millipedeLatin mīlipeda a kind of insect mīlle thousand ; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots. pēs ped- foot ; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
Latin milli- (“thousand") + pedis (“foot")