Recent Examples of centipede from the Web
Ghost ships loom out of the night fog, unfurling and attacking like a giant centipede filled with half-faced warriors.
Understanding the ways spider and centipede toxin work could help health care.
And yet, state of the art neural networks pegged them, with upward of 99 percent certainty, as centipedes, cheetahs, and peacocks.
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Origin and Etymology of centipede
Latin centipeda, from centi- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot
First Known Use: 1601
CENTIPEDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of centipede for English Language Learners
: a small creature that is like an insect and that has a long, thin body and many legs
CENTIPEDE Defined for Kids
Definition of centipede for Students
: an animal that is an arthropod with a long somewhat flattened body with one pair of legs on most of its many body sections
Medical Definition of centipede
: any member of the class Chilopoda of long flattened many-segmented predaceous arthropods with each segment bearing one pair of legs of which the foremost pair is modified into poison fangs
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