Definition of centipede in English:

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centipede

Pronunciation: /ˈsen(t)əˌpēd/

noun

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A predatory myriapod invertebrate with a flattened elongated body composed of many segments. Most segments bear a single pair of legs.
  • Class Chilopoda: several orders.
Example sentences
  • Some arthropods, like the centipedes, millipedes, and insects, have legs with a single branch (uniramous appendages).
  • The rubbish also attracted beetles, flies, centipedes and millipedes.
  • Silurian strata have provided likely ascomycete fossils (a group of fungi), as well as remains of the first arachnids and centipedes.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French centipède or Latin centipeda, from centum 'a hundred' + pes, ped- 'foot'.

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Syllabification: cen·ti·pede

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