centipede

noun
cen·​ti·​pede | \ ˈsen-tə-ˌpēd How to pronounce centipede (audio) \

Definition of centipede

: any of a 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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Recent Examples on the Web Five 5-gallon buckets of outdoor paint in primary hues helped transform the courtyard into a home for the centipede as well as four-square areas, ladders and other fun designs. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio ISD dual-language academy’s playground gets colorful upgrade," 2 Nov. 2020 The critter, which lives in underwater caves and looks like an inch-long centipede, sports tiny needle-like front claws that can inject neurotoxic venom. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Frightening Animals," 30 Oct. 2020 The two types of lawn grasses commonly established from seed are bermuda and centipede. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Store caladium tubers inside, plant rye grass seed now, and cover roots with mulch," 28 Oct. 2020 Use it for tons of drills where you are required to move laterally or front to back, like the centipede, double trouble, icky shuffle and more. Amanda Mcelfresh, NOLA.com, "Here are nine ideas to turn your yard into an activity zone and break away from virtual school screens," 28 Sep. 2020 His past expeditions have found lots of centipedes living in epiphytes called bird’s nest ferns. The Economist, "Even aggressive centipedes will co-operate if they have to," 7 Dec. 2019 Maternal behaviour by tropical centipedes is not unknown. The Economist, "Even aggressive centipedes will co-operate if they have to," 7 Dec. 2019 There were a lot of spots where no animals appeared, although the zoo houses almost 19,000 individuals (including centipedes, armadillos, catfish, giraffes, lions and woodchucks). Jane Smiley, New York Times, "Jane Smiley on What St. Louis Tells Us About America," 14 Oct. 2019 Here, mother centipedes were curled protectively around clutches of eggs or juveniles. The Economist, "Even aggressive centipedes will co-operate if they have to," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of centipede

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centipede

Latin centipeda, from centi- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot

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The first known use of centipede was in 1601

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10 Nov 2020

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“Centipede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centipede. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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centipede

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English Language Learners Definition of centipede

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

centipede

noun
cen·​ti·​pede | \ ˈsen-tə-ˌpēd How to pronounce centipede (audio) \

Kids Definition of centipede

: an animal that is an arthropod with a long somewhat flattened body with one pair of legs on most of its many body sections

centipede

noun
cen·​ti·​pede | \ ˈsent-ə-ˌpēd How to pronounce centipede (audio) \

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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