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: 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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1601, in the meaning defined above
Latin centipeda, from centi- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot
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: a small creature that is like an insect and that has a long, thin body and many legs
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: an animal that is an arthropod with a long somewhat flattened body with one pair of legs on most of its many body sections
: 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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