Share this entry

centipede Line breaks: centi|pede
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛntɪpiːd/

Definition of centipede in English:

noun

Image of centipede
A predatory myriapod invertebrate with a flattened elongated body composed of many segments. Most segments bear a single pair of legs, the front pair being modified as poison fangs.
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with centipede

velocipede • Siegfried

Definition of centipede in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources