Centipede meaning

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Any of various flattened, wormlike arthropods of the class Chilopoda, whose bodies are divided into many segments, each with one pair of legs. The front legs are modified into venomous pincers used to catch prey.
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A segmented arthropod of class Chilopoda with a large number of legs, traditionally one hundred (though most species have far fewer.)
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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.
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Origin of centipede

  • Latin centipeda centi- centi- pēs ped- foot –ped

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French centipède, from Latin centi- (“hundred”), + -pede (“feet”)

    From Wiktionary