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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Examples of centipede in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The number of legs on a centipede varies from 30 to 354. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2021 For lawn grasses that can be seeded, such as common bermuda, seed grow cultivars of bermuda and centipede, the time to do this is when the weather warms up in April or May. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 3 Feb. 2021 In it, Gan, a young man on an unnamed planet, must decide whether to allow himself to be impregnated by his family’s alien patron, a velvety centipede-like being with a stinging tail named T’Gatoi. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 Bermuda is easier and faster to grow a lawn from seeds than centipede. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 28 Oct. 2020 Atrazine is labeled for use on centipede and St. Augustine lawns. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 30 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 30 Oct. 2020 The two types of lawn grasses commonly established from seed are bermuda and centipede. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 28 Oct. 2020

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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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“Centipede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centipede. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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centipede

noun

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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