scol·​o·​pen·​dra ˌskä-lə-ˈpen-drə How to pronounce scolopendra (audio)

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, a genus of tropical centipedes, going back to Latin, "a kind of venomous centipede," borrowed from Greek skolópendra "millipede," probably of pre-Greek substratal origin

Note: The genus was initiated by linnaeus in Systema naturae, tenth edition (Stockholm, 1758), tomus I, p. 637.

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scolopendra was in 1608

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“Scolopendra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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