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centipede

[sen-tuh-peed] /ˈsɛn təˌpid/
noun
1.
any of numerous predaceous, chiefly nocturnal arthropods constituting the class Chilopoda, having an elongated, flattened body composed of from 15 to 173 segments, each with a pair of legs, the first pair being modified into poison fangs.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin centipeda. See centi-, -pede
Related forms
centipedal
[sen-tip-i-dl, sen-tuh-peed-l] /sɛnˈtɪp ɪ dl, ˌsɛn təˈpid l/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • centipede species with longer legs are familiar around homes and in leaf litter.
British Dictionary definitions for centipede

centipede

/ˈsɛntɪˌpiːd/
noun
1.
any carnivorous arthropod of the genera Lithobius, Scutigera, etc, having a body of between 15 and 190 segments, each bearing one pair of legs: class Chilopoda See also myriapod
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Word Origin and History for centipede
n.

1640s, from French centipède, from Latin centipeda "many-footed insect," from centum "hundred" (see hundred) + pedis, genitive of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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centipede
  (sěn'tə-pēd')   
Any of various flattened, wormlike arthropods of the class Chilopoda, whose bodies are divided into many segments, each with one pair of legs. The front legs are modified into venomous pincers used to catch prey. Compare millipede.
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