myr·​ia·​pod | \ ˈmir-ē-ə-ˌpäd How to pronounce myriapod (audio) \
variants: or less commonly myriopod

Definition of myriapod

: any of a group (Myriapoda) of arthropods having the body made up of numerous similar segments nearly all of which bear true jointed legs and including the millipedes and centipedes

Other Words from myriapod

myriapod or less commonly myriopod adjective

Examples of myriapod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hannah Wood, curator of arachnids and myriapods at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, authored a new paper in the journal Zookeys describing 18 new species of pelican spider from Madagascar. National Geographic, 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of myriapod

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myriapod

ultimately from Greek myrioi + pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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“Myriapod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of myriapod

variant of myriopod

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