chilopoda

Chilopoda

Chi*lop"o*da\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? lip + -poda.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the orders of myriapods, including the centipeds. They have a single pair of elongated legs attached laterally to each segment; well developed jaws; and a pair of thoracic legs converted into poison fangs. They are insectivorous, very active, and some species grow to the length of a foot.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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