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myriapod Syllabification: myr·i·a·pod
Pronunciation: /ˈmirēəˌpäd/

Definition of myriapod in English:


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.


(also myriapodous) Back to top  
Of or belonging to the myriapods.
Example sentences
  • This raises the question of how important absolute position is in determining homologies between structures in homonomously segmented myriapodous arthropods.
  • This is the cast of a trackway, most likely made by a large myriapodous arthropod, such as a millipede or arthropleurid.
  • Numerous arthropod trackways (as on the right) were identified and described and attributed using computer modelling to the myriapodous eoarthropleurids and kampecarids.


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

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