Definition of myriapod in English:

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myriapod

Pronunciation: /ˈmɪrɪəpɒd/

noun

Zoology
An arthropod of a group that includes the centipedes, millipedes, and related animals. Myriapods have elongated bodies with numerous leg-bearing segments.
  • Classes Chilopoda, Diplopoda, Pauropoda, and Symphyla; formerly placed together in the class Myriapoda.
Example sentences
  • More problematic are the relationships of the four major groups, hexapods (including insects), crustaceans, myriapods (including centipedes and millipedes), and chelicerates (including spiders).
  • Living among these early land plants were a diverse selection of arthropods, including spiders, mites, myriapods and collembolids.
  • This implies that water-to-land transition occurred at least three times (hexapods, myriapods, arachnids) during the evolution of the Arthropoda.

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin Myriapoda, from Greek murias (see myriad) + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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