centipede

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noun cen·ti·pede \ˈsen-tə-ˌpēd\

Definition of centipede

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of centipede

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


First Known Use: 1601

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CENTIPEDE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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noun cen·ti·pede \ˈsen-tə-ˌpēd\

Definition of centipede for Students

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


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centipede

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noun cen·ti·pede \ˈsent-ə-ˌpēd\

Medical Definition of centipede

  1. :  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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