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millipede

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noun mil·li·pede \ˈmi-lə-ˌpēd\

Simple Definition of millipede

  • : a small creature that is like an insect and that has a long, thin body with many legs

Full Definition of millipede

  1. :  any of a class (Diplopoda) of myriapod arthropods having usually a cylindrical segmented body covered with hard integument, two pairs of legs on most apparent segments, and unlike centipedes no poison fangs

Origin of millipede

Latin millepeda, a small crawling animal, from mille thousand + ped-, pes foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 1601


MILLIPEDE Defined for Kids

millipede

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noun mil·li·pede \ˈmi-lə-ˌpēd\

Definition of millipede

  1. :  an animal that is an arthropod with a long roundish body somewhat like that of a centipede but with two pairs of legs on most of its many body sections




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millipede

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noun mil·li·pede \ˈmil-ə-ˌpēd\

Medical Definition of millipede

  1. :  any of a class (Diplopoda) of arthropods having usually a cylindrical segmented body, two pairs of legs on most segments, and including some forms that secrete toxic substances causing skin irritation but that unlike centipedes possess no poison fangs




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