millipede

millipede

[mil-uh-peed]
noun
any terrestrial arthropod of the class Diplopoda, having a cylindrical body composed of 20 to more than 100 segments, each with two pairs of legs.
Also, millepede.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin mīlipeda (Pliny), equivalent to mīli- milli- + -peda, derivative of pēs, stem ped- foot

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millipede, millepede or milleped (ˈmɪlɪˌpiːd)
 
n
See also myriapod any terrestrial herbivorous arthropod of the class Diplopoda, having a cylindrical body made up of many segments, each of which bears two pairs of walking legs
 
[C17: from Latin, from mille thousand + pēs foot]
 
millepede, millepede or milleped
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin, from mille thousand + pēs foot]
 
milleped, millepede or milleped
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin, from mille thousand + pēs foot]

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millipede
c.1600, from L. millepeda "wood louse," a type of crawling insect, from mille "thousand" + pes (gen. pedis) "foot" (see foot). Probably a loan-translation of Gk. chiliopous.
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millipede   (mĭl'ə-pēd')  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various wormlike arthropods of the class Diplopoda, having a long body composed of many narrow segments, most of which have two pairs of legs. Millipedes feed on plants and, unlike centipedes, do not have venomous pincers. Compare centipede.
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